Orlando City officially opened its downtown stadium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a confetti cannon. All of the Orlando City front office, including Life-President Phil Rawlins, came out to watch the dream realized of symbolically opening the stadium for business. A number of Orlando elected officials also came out to support the ribbon cutting, including Regina Hill the District 5 commissioner, who welcomed the team to her neck of the woods.
An emotional Flavio Augusto Da Silva also spoke before the ribbon cutting.
“My heart is really filled with joy,” the club’s majority owner remarked. “Because of this amazing support in the community and with our fans, we had to find a way to make this happen. Today, it’s a very special day.”
Once the ribbon was cut, those in attendance were allowed to head up to the new club level and check out the stadium from that vantage point. Here are some of the scenes from the gorgeous new venue:
Despite the stadium being open, there is still a lot of construction work left to be done. Workers are on site day and night in order to make sure everything is ready for the home opener on March 5.
Despite the small window, team officials still believe the stadium will be ready to go and in working order by the time the first game rolls around against New York City FC on opening day.