OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola Heritage Park is about to get a major makeover after Orlando City Soccer announced plans to add a new training complex by July 2019.
Currently, the complex is the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. The four baseball fields at the park will be converted into soccer fields, renderings show.
Once completed, the 20-acre training facility will feature four full-size grass fields, a fitness, training and recovery center, a film review room, a lounge and dining area for players, two main locker rooms for both Orlando City and Orlando Pride that will be nearly identical to the locker room at Orlando City Stadium and 30,000 square feet of office space for staff and media.
"The most important thing is that they will be able to be there in July next year." -Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão pic.twitter.com/xG4FYACRZC— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) November 1, 2018
“The training complex is the heart of our soccer operations. It’s where our product on the field reports to work every day, where they eat and recover, and most importantly, where they build the team culture and attitude that carries over to the stadium on match days,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said. “We’ve worked hard to secure the best opportunity to support both player development and the recruitment of top talent over the past four seasons with the establishment of a top-notch soccer stadium in 2017 and now the addition of a new state-of-the-art training complex in 2019.”
Chairman of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners Fred Hawkins, Jr. said the area is ready to welcome both teams.
“There are only a few top-flight professional sports teams in the area, so for two of them -- Orlando City and Orlando Pride -- to build an exclusive training facility in Osceola County to use for years to come is very significant,” Hawkins said. “The duration and strength of their commitment speaks to Orlando City SC’s belief in Osceola County and the relationship we’ve built since they began their professional soccer journey.”
Orlando City and Orlando Pride will continue to train at Sylvan Lake Park and Seminole Soccer Complex until the new complex is completed, while the youth teams will remain in Seminole County after those teams transition.
The renderings show how the facility will look once it's completed.