Orlando City Soccer Wants Fan Zone on Empty Lot
Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is requesting approval of a temporary use permit to operate a fan zone on its property east of the MLS stadium (north of Church St. and west of Terry Ave.) Approval is recommended until November 30, 2020 with the option for one 1-year extension. It goes before City Council June 17th.
OCSC describes the project as "An interactive fan zone with sponsor booths, music, soccer themed games, autograph signings and plenty of free giveaways." It would only be present on game days and include 5 to 10 10x10 tents, 1 to 3 food trucks, 1 to 2 inflatables, and a beer garden, all like what they currently provide in their Church Street Fan Zone.
The fan zone would begin operations as part of the Major League Soccer All-Star game on Wednesday, July 31 between 3 and 7pm. It would also be set up for subsequent home matches, starting on August 3.
The City is fine with TUP so long as they plant a hedge around the property. The City asked for the same hedge back in 2018 when they gave OCSC permission to use the empty lot as an employee parking lot. OCSC never planted the hedge. The deadline for the hedge is August 30th.
Fan Zone Hours will be:
4:30pm-7:30pm on 8/3, 8/14, 9/7, 9/14
5:00pm-8:00pm on 8/23
1:00pm-4:00pm on 10/6
5:30pm-7:30pm on 8/10, 8/17, 8/31, 9/11, 10/12