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Orlando City SC stadium site changes as government drops lawsuit

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Orlando City Soccer Club will build its stadium one block west of the initially planned location, club president Phil Rawlins and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer announced Monday.

The city of Orlando had reportedly begun the process of filing for eminent domain after failing to reach an agreement to buy land for the original site from Faith Deliverance Temple.

The club was not willing to meet the church's asking price for the land, which dropped from $35 to $15 million.

“We applaud the Mayor for finding an alternative solution that is a win for everyone involved,” said Rawlins. “The new location allows us to remain on schedule to play our matches in the new stadium starting with the home opener in 2016. Our fans will benefit from added amenities created by the new location such as more entertainment areas prior to and after the matches.

“Importantly, this is also a win for the community of Parramore. Orlando City is committed to Parramore’s future and we will serve as a role-model for service and citizenship. We have a proven track record of delivering on our promises, and we look forward to working closely with our community partners.”

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The club released renderings of the stadium in June.

Construction is expected to begin this fall, and the stadium is on track to be ready for the start of the 2016 MLS season. Orlando City will play at the Citrus Bowl during the 2015 season.

The club joins New York City FC as one of two new additions to MLS in 2015.

- Chris Johnson

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