The new stadium for the Orlando City Soccer Club has a seating capacity of 25,500 making it the second largest stadium specifically designed for soccer in the United States. The stadium’s 360-degree lower and upper seating bowls along with four, 75ft cantilevered canopies have been designed to amplify crowd noise and create the loudest atmosphere in Major League Soccer.
To keep the canopies low and tight to the seating bowl, a masted canopy system was developed to hang the canopy from above which simultaneously gives the appearance of a floating canopy from within the seating bowl while bouncing sound back to the pitch. Walter P Moore modeled the complex canopy connections in 3D within the structural revit model in order to facilitate architectural coordination as well as to generate highly specific details for the steel fabricator.
The stadium also features the first North American standing supporters section, known as “The Wall”, allowing fans to stand, sing, and chant throughout the match. Walter P Moore designed the steel structural frame and aluminum tread/riser system to accommodate that fan action without causing objectionable vibrations for spectators.
The stadium opened for the 2017 MLS season. It is located in the downtown Orlando Sports and Entertainment District; home to the Amway Center and Camping World Stadium also designed by Walter P Moore.