New Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City will play its entire 2015 debut season at the Florida Citrus Bowl, "due to delays in the City of Orlando’s acquisition of land required for the downtown, soccer-specific stadium," the franchise announced on Monday. •Davis: Best rivalry in the league
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The club is now estimating completion of its new stadium for 2016, with a location one block west of the Amway Center and seating for 20,000 seats. The club said that funding for the $80 million stadium has already been secured from the City of Orlando, Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County.
"We remain hard at work alongside our partner the City of Orlando on all aspects of the project," said Orlando City president Phil Rawlins. "I am very confident saying that we remain fully on track to open our new stadium prior to the start of the 2016 MLS season and we will be announcing details for our new stadium ground breaking ceremony later this year."
The club also began accepting advance deposits for season tickets on Monday.