ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Did you know you can watch a live stream of the construction site for Orlando City's new downtown stadium? Keep up with the progress by clicking here. Images on a page created by Orlando City Soccer Club and dedicated to the stadium's construction refresh every 15 minutes. You can zoom in to explore, fast forward, rewind, and even go back in time.
The stadium held a ceremonial groundbreaking in October 2014, where nearly 3,000 fans were invited to turn over 24 tons of purple sand. Following the unprecedented fan response in Central Florida to the Lions' first MLS season, funding for the stadium was taken private and designs were enhanced to expand capacity to 25,500, as well as incorporate new premium fan amenities.
In addition to Orlando City and Pride matches, the venue will host other sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. "It was our priority to have the stadium in the downtown area," Lions owner Flavio Da Silva told FOX 35 earlier this month.
Mid-to-late July is when the entire bowl structure will take shape, according to project managers, and the canopy will be completed by late August. Everything appears to be on schedule for the venue to host soccer games next season, as FOX 35's Adam Shadoff learned during a tour of the construction site earlier this month.