Orlando City Stadium will host the 2017 NWSL championship game on Saturday, Oct. 14. NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy made the announcement at halftime of today’s Orlando Pride match vs. the Washington Spirit, with club owner Flavio Augusto da Silva and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on hand.
The announcement comes on a day when five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta is expected to make her Orlando Pride debut. This continues a growing trend of soccer events held in the City Beautiful, which was a host for the 2016 Copa America Centenario and will also stage an upcoming 2017 International Champions Cup match between PSG and Tottenham.
"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 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."
"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," added 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."
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.