The Wall, WiFi & more: 10 things about Orlando City SC's brand new stadium

MLS, February 28, 2017

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:

The Stands

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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Venues 3.0: Smarter. Smaller. Social

Sports Business Journal, January 16, 2017

Welcome to the era of smart and social sports facilities.

After years of building out massive infrastructure, trends now point to greater flexibility and smaller venues. Facility owners are removing seats in the areas producing the least amount of revenue and replacing them with space for fans to graze, mingle and socialize...

...“We’ve got renovations today on arenas that seat over 19,000 and our clients are trying to get down to 17,000,” said Tim Romani, founder and CEO of Icon Venue Group. “Overall, there is a move to downsize capacity. It’s happening up top, but not in the lower bowl or in the P1 [top-tier] premium areas, because 70 to 80 percent of the ticket revenue still comes from the first 15 to 20 rows. There’s a real focus on making sure that those counts are right.”

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