ORLANDO (AP) — Months after approving $20 million in tourism tax money to help build an $84 million soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando, several county officials that approved that funding say they were misled about the requirements Major League Soccer said were necessary to award to the city a franchise.
Officials said during a meeting Tuesday that it was always their understanding that having a team play in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl, which is undergoing a $200 million renovation, was a nonstarter for MLS.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
But last month MLS awarded Atlanta a new franchise, endorsing its plan to play in a $1.2 billion hybrid soccer/NFL stadium with a retractable roof.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando City Soccer maintain that similarly retrofitting the Citrus Bowl for soccer was explored, but deemed cost prohibitive.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday
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