Orlando Citrus Bowl to host three group stage matches June 4, 6 and 8
ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 3, 2016] – With the Orlando Citrus Bowl hosting three group stage matches of the Copa America Centenario, the oldest international soccer tournament in the world, a local host committee of business and community leaders has been created to champion the event. Diana Bolivar, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, is serving as host committee chair, while Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs are honorary chairs. This host committee will be instrumental in generating awareness and sales for the prestigious Latin American championship featuring 16 nations that will take place across ten U.S. venues June 3-26.
This year’s Copa America marks the first time the event has been staged outside of South America. It features the top stars and teams from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) regions. Tickets to Orlando’s matches – Costa Rica vs. Paraguay (June 4), Panama vs. Bolivia (June 6) and Haiti vs. Brazil (June 8) – are on sale now. More information on the tournament is available online at www.CA2016.com.
Orlando City SC, the Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando and Orange County Government worked in partnership to bring the championship to the Orlando Citrus Bowl and to Central Florida, for the first time in its 100-year history. Additionally, partnerships with tourism leaders and the local business community were integral in securing the event. The tournament is expected to draw more than 40,000 room nights and deliver a $30 million economic impact.
About Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. Anchored by marquee events The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and the Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016. www.centralfloridasports.org | www.facebook.com/cflsports | www.twitter.com/cflsports
About Orlando Citrus Bowl:
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl's ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information at www.OrlandoCitrusBowl.com.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer.
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, the Lions have developed a rich history and passionate following since starting in the USL in 2011. In their inaugural MLS season, Orlando City set a league record for an expansion team, drawing an average of 32,847 fans per home game – including 62,500 in the home opener – and became the fastest team in MLS history to host a half million fans. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its global brand as its matches are broadcast in 120 countries and in 30 languages.
The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, will begin league play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams.
Orlando City B (OCB) participates in the USL beginning in the 2016 season. The team plays its home matches at Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. OCB continues the Club’s rich history in the rapidly growing league. From 2011 to 2014, Orlando City set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22), winning three regular season titles and two postseason championships.
OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS). Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.