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Orlando drops church lawsuit, moving MLS stadium

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014
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BBIF is located where the Carver Theatre — which was demolished in 2005 — once stood in the predominantly African-American Parramore district.

Orlando City SC will play its first MLS season in 2015 in the Florida Citrus Bowl. Construction on the new 19,500-seat stadium is scheduled to break ground this fall. The City of Orlando will own and operate the new stadium. Orlando City SC is contributing 50 percent of the costs for construction, as well as for any cost overruns.

The team plans to move into the new facility in time for the 2016 MLS season.

"We applaud the mayor for finding an alternative solution that is a win for everyone involved," Orlando City President Phil Rawlins said in a statement. "We recognize the rich tradition of the (Parramore) community and its deep connection to residents. Therefore, we will incorporate elements into the stadium, such as the Carver name in respect to the legendary theatre that resided there on the site many years ago."

The team said the basic design of the stadium remains unchanged despite the location adjustment and that the new site will includes enhanced match day experiences including additional plaza areas and parking.

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