Exciting news – the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship will be played in the Orlando City Stadium
Now is the time to prepare to attend this NWSL Championship – mark the dates in you calendar and arrange your travel … if you support women’s soccer in America, you should try to be in the stadium cheering for the sport we love!
Orlando City Stadium will host the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship match this Fall, on Saturday, Oct. 14. The gorgeous new soccer specific stadium awaits the moment when the new NWSL Champions will be heralded.
Orlando City SC Majority Owner Flavio Augusto da Silva, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy made the announcement during halftime of Orlando Pride’s historic home opener on Saturday evening.
“We are thrilled to announce that Orlando City Stadium, a new state-of-the-art venue that has already become one of the best soccer settings in the country, will be the site of the 2017 NWSL Championship,” said Amanda Duffy. “The city of Orlando has proven its overwhelming support for the sport and for the Orlando Pride, and we are confident all the necessary components are in place for a successful and historic championship to conclude the league’s fifth season of operation.”
Orlando City Stadium Facts:
Orlando City’s downtown stadium is a 100% privately funded project and home to Orlando City, Orlando Pride, and OCB.
The site is two blocks from the Amway Center, within walking distance of the downtown bar district, one of the best locations of any soccer stadium in the country! The stadium has been designed with the intention of creating the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere in Major League Soccer, with North America’s only safe-standing supporter section and a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise.
- 25,500 capacity
- 360 lower bowl
- Canopy to enhance crowd noise and provide shelter from sun / rain
- Field sunken 8′ below ground level to offer spectacular views from street level
- All natural grass playing surface
- Single deck safe-standing supporter section
- Expansive fan plaza spanning 10,000 square feet
The Orlando City Stadium opened in March 2017 and is home to Orlando Pride in the NWSL, Orlando City of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando City B of the United Soccer League (USL).
“The appetite for soccer in Orlando is at an all-time high, and we are thrilled to contribute to this movement by bringing the NWSL Championship to Orlando,” said da Silva. “A huge driving force to invest in our stadium was to bring this community the best soccer opportunities possible, not only with our three teams, but with major events and matches around the world.”
The privately-funded, 25,500-seat stadium features a natural grass playing surface and a four-sided canopy roof to keep noise in and weather out, as well as North America’s only safe-standing supporters’ section. It also features 49 rainbow colored seats in Section 12 as a tribute to the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016.
“Investing in our women’s team is a top priority for our Club this year,” added da Silva. “The team is entering its second year in the league and we’ve brought two outstanding athletes with Marta and Ali Krieger recently to enhance the team’s competitiveness. We expect a great season for our fans.”
Orland Pride, Orlando City and Orlando City B Season Ticket Members will receive exclusive ticket information at a later date. All fans interested in attending the Championship match can sign up at www.orlandocitysc.com/pride/final to receive the latest updates.
At the conclusion of the regularly-scheduled NWSL season, the top four teams in the NWSL standings qualify for the playoffs and the higher-seeded teams will host semifinal matches on the weekend of Oct. 7-8.
About Orlando Pride:
With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer.
The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, began league play in 2016 – breaking the league’s single-match attendance record in its first home game with 23,403 fans in attendance. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams.
News courtesy of Orlando Pride Press Release – Images from Orlando City