Orlando City Soccer Club to break (purple!) ground on new stadium


Image via Orlando City Soccer
  • Image via Orlando City Soccer
Image via Orlando City Soccer 5 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 16 Orlando City Soccer Club supporters, players, staff and civic leaders will gather at Church Street Station and march to the location of OCSC's new stadium, where an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place. In true Orlando City Lion, style, this will not be a boring shovel-in-the-dirt ceremony at all. Just look at the shovels designed by Earl Funk:

Four designs on ten shovels for the groundbreaking of the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium. #OCS #orlandocitysoccer #shovel #lion #orlando #earlfunk

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Fans will have from 5:30 p.m. (when the march officially starts, erm, marching) until 7:20 p.m. (when the shovels hit the dirt) to meander their way over to the stadium location, purple pride shining bright. Continuing with their strong social media presence (see #paintthecitypurple), OCSC takes over every single Clear Channel Digital Billboard in Orlando tomorrow and all images hashtagged #wedigpurple on Instagram will be displayed city-wide. Another bonus for attendees of the event? A take-home souvenir! Rumor has it that those with #purplepride who sign up in advance online will receive a commemorative paint can to take home a keepsake amount of the 24 tons of purple sand being used for the event.
Image via Bay News 9
  • Image via Bay News 9
Image via Bay News 9 After the groundbreaking takes place, there shuttles will be waiting to whisk all the marchers back to Church Street Station, where a royally-hued celebration will ensue.