The #FillTheBowl campaign was successful for Orlando City SC, as the team inaugural match against New York City FC is officially a sellout at the Citrus Bowl.
In fact, there’s the chance the team will draw the largest debut crowd in MLS history, as 69,255 showed up for LA Galaxy‘s first game at the Rose Bowl.
“Today we demonstrate how Orlando City and the City Beautiful continue to defy expectations,” said Club President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “We’re humbled by the response of our supporters, partners and community. Today we also kick off an exuberant celebration leading into our historic home opener and inaugural season. The excitement is palpable throughout the city and we’re thrilled to see all our hard work come to fruition. Come March 8th, we will turn the broadcast purple and show the nation why we are the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’ ”
We’re not talking about a single aberration here: the team’s second game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC is also close to selling out. And although Orlando City FC deemed it a sellout, there are some tickets available — but it will require a season-ticket commitment to procure them.
As mentioned, the team will play this game and this entire season at the Citrus Bowl. Next season will see Orlando City FC play in a new soccer-specific stadium close to downtown Orlando and the Citrus Bowl.