Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took a tour of Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park on Friday, as part of a possible effort to build a new soccer-specific stadium in Central Florida, according to Bright House Sports Network's Jeff Radcliffe.
Dyer, who made the visit with Orlando City Soccer Club owner Phil Rawlins, also checked out Arrowhead Stadium while in Kansas City. The group has also visited soccer stadiums in Houston, Vancouver, Portland and Seattle, as the contingent hopes to draw inspiration for its project, which is to apparently find a new stadium that will cater to Orlando's growing soccer fanbase.
“Orlando City Soccer Club has given our community an opportunity to enjoy this international sport,” he (Dyer) said in an email message. “Our community’s soccer enthusiasts have quickly become loyal fans.”
Livestrong Sporting Park's primary tenant, Sporting Kansas City, played to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Friday. Sporting KC won't return home until Sept. 30, when they'll face the Chicago Fire.
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