Orlando City secured the rights to a 5,400 seat stadium as part of its expansion into its new training complex at Osceola Heritage Park. Starting next year, the stadium will serve as the home field for Orlando City B.
The stadium used to be a baseball park, but it will be restructured as a soccer-specific stadium by the time the 2020 USL League One season begins. The shift to the new stadium is part of the club’s overall move to the new Orlando City Training Complex, which will open ahead of the 2020 MLS season.
“The addition of Osceola County Stadium is another major step in the growth and expansion of our Club infrastructure alongside Exploria Stadium, the Orlando City SC Training Complex at Osceola Heritage Park and the Orlando Pride training facility at Sylvan Lake Park,” CEO Alex Leitão said. “Not only will the stadium provide a new home field for Orlando City B, but it will complete the move in having our entire men’s development structure at one location; a location that all players, from our development academy to USL League One to the first team, will call home.”
As part of its refurbishment, the new home field will be outfitted with the same grass as used at Exploria Stadium and throughout the club’s other training facilities.
Orlando City B previously hosted its home matches at Montverde Academy. Its addition is part of the club’s improvement in second team and development academy facilities. OCB and the development academy will also share a grass field and an artificial field at the new complex.