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Florida Mayors Mum On Stadium Proposal Calling For Taxpayer Share Of MLS Team
Published August 27, 2013
BOWLED OVER: In Orlando, Mark Schlueb noted city commissioners yesterday in back-to-back presentations "heard why a renovated Citrus Bowl will be able to compete for major events and why Orlando City Soccer Club couldn't play there." Supporters of a $95M sports and arts funding package "made their pitch for public money to the City Council." The package, which Dyer dubbed "Venues 2," would "provide tourist-tax dollars for a professional soccer stadium, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Citrus Bowl stadium and travel and event marketing." Florida Citrus Sports President Steve Hogan said that the "extra money to renovate the Citrus Bowl would give the facility an edge in securing major events." Orlando City Soccer Club Owner Phil Rawlins "explained why his team won't be playing there if it becomes the next" MLS franchise. He said, "We would love to play in the Citrus Bowl. It would save us $30 million … (But) it is not an option." Rawlins said that MLS "requires new league members to play in smaller soccer stadiums with covered seats" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 8/26).