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#WelcomeHome: 5 things to know about the new Orlando City Stadium

#WelcomeHome, City fans! Kickoff Week is over, and your time is finally here! For those living under a limestone rock, Orlando City Soccer, Orlando City B, and Orlando Pride all have a new home in the Historic Parramore community – Orlando City Stadium! And if you thought City matches at Camping World Stadium were loud and rowdy, just wait until you experience this brand new, state-of-the-art stadium for yourself! Did we mention the natural grass pitch?

(BTW, how fantastic is the Welcome Home collage above by Derek Gores?!)

Here’s what the seating chart looks like:

Last week on our Facebook page, we showed you a very quick inside view of this gorgeous, very purple addition to the Downtown Orlando cityscape. In case you missed it, check it out here…

 

Here are 5 things we think you should know before leaving home:

1. SunRail WILL be running on Sunday!

2. Orlando City Stadium has a Clear Bag Policy

You’ll see this A LOT as people become familiar with the new Stadium’s rules. Each ticket holder (including kids) will be able to carry a clear bag no bigger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ AND a small clutch type bag. (Click here for ADA information.)

You can bring a blanket, just carry it over your shoulder but no seat cushions. Diapers, wipes, additional clothing, small cameras, binoculars, cell phones, etc. are all okay as long as they are in an approved clear bag. (Exceptions for medical items will be made.)

Also, there is no storage for prohibited items. You’ll be asked to toss said item(s) or take it back to your car so make sure you and your purple fam are covered beforehand! Here’s a list of Orlando City Stadium prohibited items;

3. The LionNation App is AWESOME! Paperless Tickets!

Exclusive team access, live coverage of practices, interviews with your favorite players, get pre-sale access to team merchandise, complete ticket management right from your phone (paperless tickets & season passes!) – you can even order concessions from your seat (if you’re sitting in sections 133, 134 or 135)! This app is truly a new or seasoned Supporter’s best friend.

Get LionNation on iOS | Android!

 

4. Parking, Transportation & Road Closures

[Using Pine Street as a guide] If you have seats on the South side of the Stadium, use Gate A. East side seats, use Gate B. North end seats, use Gate C. Supporter section has its own gate. Club seats and Suites use Gate D (opposite side of Gates A, B, C). Click here to see all the transpo info, and click here to see road closure info!

 

5. Don’t miss the Season Opener Pre-Game Party on Wall St.!

A free Heine is not a bad way to start off the day, right? Get to Wall St. or Elixir Kitchen & Drinks early! Make a day of it! Don’t forget to sign up to get notified when the Academy Sports + Outdoors FANCAM goes live! In other related advertisements, if you need marble restoration company, checkout Geova Stone Solutions.

Sunday’s match is SOLD OUT so if you don’t already have your tickets, be sure to catch the national TV broadcast on ESPN, or listen live via Real Radio 104.1!

If you want to get a SUPER headstart, tune into WFTV at 8am to watch special Opening Day coverage!

 GO CITY!!!

Central Florida Top 5’s 2017 Soccer Preview

We are just days away from 2017 and The City Beautiful is already filling the calendar with the Beautiful Game! If you are a fan of soccer and you live in the Central Florida area, you will not be disappointed with this line up.

Florida Cup 2017

There will be two separate competitions in the Florida Cup this year.  The Florida Cup Challenge, will feature six international club sides from four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and USA).  The competition will take place from January 8-15, with each club playing two matches.  The club with the most points at the end of the competition, wins!

The Florida Cup Playoff, is a single elimination tournament where only one club is left standing. There are six clubs from four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador) all fighting to lift the cup at the end of the tournament.  This leg of the competition runs from January 15-21.  For more information on both Florida Cup competitions including clubs, venues, and fixtures, visit http://www.floridacup.com.

 

Orlando City SC

It has been two years in the making but the wait is almost over! We recently found out when Orlando City Soccer Club will finally play in the new Soccer Specific Stadium (SSS) located in Downtown Orlando.  The date for the first ever match in what will be Orlando City’s forever home, is March 5, 2017.  The Lions will face New York City FC in the opening match of the season for the second time in three years. If you enter LionNation’s 12 Days of Christmas you can win tickets to this opener! [Linkhttp://orlan.do/LN12days] The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5 pm and will be televised on ESPN.  For tickets and more information, visit http://www.orlandocitysc.com.

ProTip: Sign up for LionNation and get single game ticket priority! Info here: http://orlan.do/2hg9wfA

 

Orlando Pride

News broke earlier this week that Alex Morgan would be temporarily leaving the Orlando Pride to play in France. Morgan has agreed to a six month deal to play with Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon in the Division 1 Feminine. Not to worry too much Pride fans, Alex is scheduled to be back stateside in May 2017.  The Orlando Pride kick off their season in April in the new SSS downtown. The schedule has not been released yet, but updated information (and some great gift ideas!) can be found at http://www.orlandocitysc.com/pride.

 

Orlando City B

Orlando City B (OCB) will be making the move to Orlando after only one season in Melbourne. With the new SSS opening, OCB will be one of three clubs playing their home matches in Downtown Orlando in 2017.  OCB will also attempt to resurrect the I-4 Derby with cross state rivals the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Rowdies made the move from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to United Soccer League (USL) at the end of the 2016 season.  If you have never attended one of the original derby matches, this is a can’t miss.  More information regarding Orlando City B’s  upcoming schedule can be found at http://www.orlandocitysc.com/ocb.

 

International Champions Cup and Visit Orlando

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is the premier preseason competition for European football clubs. The friendly competition will take place in July, just one month before most of the domestic leagues across Europe begin play. The ICC brings some of the biggest clubs and stars in the world of football together for a tour of the United States, Australia and China. Past clubs in the tournament have included, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich to name a few.

 

Welcome to Orlando @IntChampionsCup! ⚽️💜 #ICC2017 #VisitOrlando

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The ICC and Visit Orlando have partnered up to bring this competition to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in the summers of 2017 and 2018.  Imagine the possibility of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi playing right here in our backyard! More schedule and ticket information will come in the new year, and this is sure to be the hottest ticket in town this coming summer.  Stay tuned for updates as they become available. For more info regarding the ICC, go to http://www.internationalchampionscup.com.

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Me sharing love of Orlando City in Peru!

Next year is shaping up to be the best year for world class soccer The City Beautiful has ever seen. I look forward to being there with Central Florida Top 5 every step of the way!

Vamos Orlando!

Orlando CityPride: The City’s Beautiful Game

February’s in full swing but January turned out to be a busy month for the Beautiful Game here in The City Beautiful!

  • Orlando City SC has released their schedule and participated in the MLS Super Draft.
  • Orlando Pride also participated in their inaugural draft, and added some new faces to the club.
  • Copa America announced the dates of the three matches that will be held here in Orlando this summer.

All in all, there is a lot going on and I’ll do my best to keep you informed!

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Orlando City SC
With the full schedule being released earlier this month, there were a few dates everyone was waiting for. We found out last month that the opening match would be on March 6th vs. Real Salt Lake here at the Citrus Bowl. But what other home matches had supporters of the club chomping at the bit?

April 3rd vs Portland Timbers FC – With one of the loudest and proudest (I stress “one of”… We all know The Wall is the loudest and the proudest!) Supporter clubs in the country, Timbers Army, this match is a must see! Last year Orlando City SC travelled to Portland to take on the Timbers, and came out with a 2-0 victory over the eventual 2015 MLS Cup Champions. Cyle Larin scored his very first MLS goal in this match. He would eventually go on to score 17 goals on the season and win the 2015 Rookie of the Year award.
August 7th vs Seattle Sounders – The City lads and their supporters will be looking for a little revenge when these two clubs face off. Last year the trip to Century Link Field was not a pleasant one for the Lions. After a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Clint Dempsey and the Sounders, the club was sent packing with one of their worse losses of the season.
August 28th vs New York City FC – This right here… Nothing really needs to be said about this. There is no love lost between the supporters of both of these clubs. This will be the first trip to the Citrus Bowl for NYCFC this season.
September 17th vs Columbus Crew SC – Out of all the matchups last season, Columbus and Orlando are probably the most evenly matched. The clubs finished 1-1-1 in three matches played last season. After year one, this matchup is probably the most organic of rivals the Lions have. All three matches last year were full of energy and animosity from the players on the pitch to the supporter groups for both clubs. This is one I personally cannot wait for!

 

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

SuperDraft 2016
This year, the MLS SuperDraft took place in Baltimore, where Orlando City had the 7th overall pick. The Lions selected Richie Laryea from the University of Akron. Laryea, (originally from Canada) just happens to be best friends with current Orlando City striker and MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the pitch! However, I have a feeling he will probably start the season in Melbourne with Orlando City B in USL (United Soccer League). The club also picked up UCF standout Hadji Barry with the 13th overall pick. Barry led the Knights in points with 25, and found the back of the net 11 times in his senior year.

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In their inaugural NWSL College Draft, the Orlando Pride picked up three players for the upcoming season. With the tenth, fifteenth, and thirty-first overall picks, the Pride selected defender, Samantha Witteman from the University of California, Berkley; Midfielder, Christina Burkenroad from California State University; and Midfielder Dani Weatherholt from Santa Clara. The schedule for the Orlando Pride’s inaugural season is expected to be out in the next few weeks. I will be sure to keep everyone posted as more information becomes available.

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Copa America
In case you haven’t heard by now or just crawled out from under a rock, Copa America is coming to Orlando this summer. The City Beautiful will host three matches at Orlando Citrus Bowl. The dates have been set for June 4th, 6th, and 8th. The final draw will be held on February 21st to fill in all the blanks in the schedule. The only team confirmed for Orlando at this point is Brazil on June 8th. Who will they face at the Citrus Bowl? I’ll let you know as soon as the fixtures are available for all three matches.

Follow me (@davidjxblair) and Central Florida Top 5 (@CentralFLTop5) on Twitter for more updates and maybe some live tweets from The Wall at this Saturday’s match against the Jacksonville Armada!

#VamosOrlando

Hagen, Kyle and Morgan officially #JoinThePride

Orlando City Soccer Club’s President, Phil Rawlins and Orlando Pride Head Coach, Tom Sermanni, announced the acquisition of Orlando’s first Professional Women’s Soccer Franchise appropriately titled the Orlando Pride last week at Lake Eola. One look at their team logo will tell you why!

Last week Rollins said, “The quality of the game, the creativity of the game, the marketability of the game have all improved beyond belief. I think we’ve all seen that with the recent World Cup in Canada 2015, where the US Women’s National Team were triumphant as World Champions. The quality of those games, the quality of the soccer played and the quality of entertainment were nothing short of incredible.

And he is not wrong! If you somehow missed Carli Lloyd and our US Team take home the World Cup in July, you should watch THIS!

He went on to say, “The strength of the women’s game is not just because of the strength of the National game, it’s also because of the strength of the leagues that we have now around the world. Particularly with the National Women’s Soccer League right here in the United States, the NWSL.

Yesterday, in what was probably Orlando’s worst kept secret, Orlando Pride’s first three players were revealed; Forward #8 Sarah Hagen, Midfielder #6 Kaylyn Kyle and Striker #13 Alex Morgan.

It’s exciting to see the talk around Orlando for the women’s team and the fact that Orlando City has done so well last year. Now they’ll have Orlando Pride,” says Alex Morgan, a player that many expected to be part of this announcement for more than one reason. The most obvious reason of course to be closer to her husband, Orlando City’s Servando Carrasco.

Morgan is also quite happy to be part of such a loyal, supportive community. “Something I noticed right away,” she says, “was just how passionate this ownership group is and how committed they are, and how much they do in the community. I mean, in Orlando you see the Orlando City magnets on every bumper of every car!

Kaylyn Kyle agrees, “People are so welcoming! I kind of feel like I’m in Canada everyone’s just so nice and willing to help you at any cost.” Kyle, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, was part of a trade deal from the Portland Thorns FC which also brought over Alex Morgan.

Sarah Hagen, who is no stranger to the National game, is hopeful as well. “No matter where the Women’s National Team travels, they bring in a crowd. Just talking with some of those players they said how the atmosphere in the stadium was unbelievable (at Sunday’s match against Brazil). Hopefully it’s something like that for us when we have our season opener.”

Welcome to Orlando, ladies! 

Orlando Pride Details Need to Know

RAIN or SHINE, Pride will happen!

We have been talking alot about the VIP PKG- get it if you can!

Festival Opens at Noon!

Also try to go to the closing party on SundayYes at Macys!

NEED TO KNOW: Come Out With Pride Orlando includes a full festival on Saturday October 6. Over 150 vendors are showcasing theirs products and services to tens of thousands of guests. Complete with over 10 FULL bars and 6 beer tents, our celebration includes entertainment on the main stage and LIVE music throughout the park. From noon to the Fireworks show, stroll around the lake, discover and support our valued vendors.

Download the app (now available on the APP STORE – Look for ORLANDO PRIDE) to receive instant push notifications on special deals and offers from all of them.

Parking questions? Click here to see a map of event parking available!

Have you tried our VIP Experience? Located on the right side of the stage, this oasis of peace and quiet comes with complimentary food from Bahama Breeze, 2 complimentary drink tickets and prime view of the stage, and the fireworks! Tickets are $55 and available for purchase by clicking here

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Orlando Pride Day VIP Experience 2012

Now is the time to get your tickets and make your place for Orlando Pride!

October 1-7, 2012 — The largest LGBT event Florida is an incredible opportunity for the entire Central Florida community to come together and celebrate our strength, our diversity and our pride.

Pride Week Event Tickets!!!

TO PURCHASE TICKETS or MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS!

We have another Contest HERE

(Come Out With Pride Closing Ceremonies at Macy’s VIP Treatment)

 

Current Contest:

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Come Out With Pride Closing Ceremonies at Macy’s VIP Treatment

Come Out With Pride Closing Ceremonies at Macy’s VIP Treatment

 You deserve to be VIP after all of the Fabulous Pride events…

After you attend Orlando Pride Day you will need to be shopping and drinking!!!  (We have another Contest Here)

A Top Event:  Will also be Sunday October 7th

Closing Ceremonies at Macy’s – VIP $40 per ticket Includes a personal shopper (with advance selection of clothing to be tried at the store) and OPENBAR throughout the night  Full Details HERE

Facebook event to share HERE

Where: Macy’s Millenia Mall
When: 6pm on Sunday October 7

Price: NO COVER | VIP: $40
VIP Includes Open Bar, VIP Lounge & Personal Shopper Service

We have a pair to giveaway!!!  We will do this  below but you can get extra “Brownie Points” by emailing us and sharing a quote about this years Pride!

 

 

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Orlando Pride Day VIP Experience 2012