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We reported June 8 on rumors that Lion’s Pride
, an Orlando City Soccer-themed bar, would occupy a space in the historic Teele Building on Church Street. On Friday, the club officially confirmed the new venture, saying the "soccer pub and grill" is now set to open this fall. "Lion’s Pride will open its doors in the hub of downtown Orlando on historic Church Street, just a short walk from the Club’s new stadium, which is set to open for the 2017 Major League Soccer and National Women’s Soccer League seasons," said OCSC in a statement.
Lion’s Pride, to be located at 123 W. Church St. (across the street from Hamburger Mary's) will sport more than 50 televisions airing men's and women’s soccer matches from around the world, all year round. Architectural renderings of “The Wall” (try not to let that remind you too much of Game of Thrones
), a two-story-high array of televisions visible to patrons anywhere in the pub and grill, will be released soon.
Orlando City also promises that on game days the pub will offer dishes reflecting Orlando City’s current opponent. "When City is playing Kansas City, for example, we’ll have a barbecue special that evening. … This is just another way for City fans to show their support for the Club – to, quite literally, devour the competition."
The Orlando Sentinel
reports that Lion's Pride will be "a partnership between Orlando City Soccer Club and Brazilian businessman Gustavo Fonseca," adding, "The Orlando Sentinel reported the coming restaurant in May, but both the team and the restaurant's owner initially denied a connection between the two." Hey guys, we totally know how that feels