It is not often that an international superstar like Kaká finds himself with a unique soccer experience, but that will be the case Sunday when Orlando City SC open their new stadium as New York City FC pays a visit for their 2017 MLS regular season opener (Sunday, 5 pm ET | ESPN, MLS LIVE in Canada).
“For the first time in my career, I can inaugurate a new stadium, and this is very exciting,” the Lions captain admitted. “The facility looks great and the pitch is one of the best I ever played [on]. Knowing our supporters, I can imagine how the atmosphere will be for the fans inside the stadium — and for the fans all over the world watching it on TV.”
It promises to be a major occasion for the city of Orlando, as well as the league. Here are 10 key elements of the new stadium:
All four main stands are designed with metal deck canopy roofs that will enhance and amplify the noise of the fans beneath them. Expect this to be a loud experience, even though the 25,500 capacity is below last season’s 32,000 average at Camping World Stadium. The underside of each canopy is also exceptionally uncluttered.
“We wanted them to be as ‘clean’ as possible,” explained Brent Beardslee of project managers ICON. “From the spectator standpoint, it should be pristine as all the wiring, speakers and lights have been hidden from view.”
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