Orlando City Kickoff Week Overview

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Over the course of a relatively short period of time, Orlando City Soccer Club has become an intrinsic member of the Orlando and Central Florida community.  With a legion of passionate fans that continues to grow with each passing match and season, Orlando City SC is conceivably the most beloved sports team in town.

The 2017-18 Major League Soccer season for Orlando City SC is already shaping up to be the most celebrated in the team’s short history.  To begin its third MLS campaign, Orlando City SC will debut Orlando City Stadium, its brand new, state-of-the-art, soccer specific stadium on Sunday, March 5th when the Lions kick off the season against New York City FC.

Leading up to the opening match Orlando City SC presents Kickoff Week, a series of events designed to ramp up excitement about the new season for everyone from die hard City supporters to casual and new fans alike.

Here’s a breakdown of the big happenings during Kickoff Week:

Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:00 am - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Official ribbon cutting for Orlando City Stadium will take place at 10 am just outside Gate A. Parramore community residents and businesses will then be invited for an exclusive tour of the new stadium.

Saturday, Feb. 25 – Purple Pride 5k

This 3rd annual fun run starts and finishes at the new stadium, and is followed by a post-race party and Fanzone experience.

Saturday, Feb. 25 – House Party

Check out the pitch and views from various seat locations, tour the locker room, taste foods and peruse the official team shop.

Thursday, March 2 – Kids vs. Pros

Approximately 100 kids will take the pitch to face players from Orlando City, Orlando Pride and Orlando City B in the first game action at the new stadium. 

Saturday, March 4 – Orlando City Pub Crawl

The 3rd annual event starts at the new stadium, giving crawlers a chance to see the new pitch before continuing to the participating pubs downtown. 

Sunday, March 5 – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC

The Lions take to their brand new pitch to battle NYCFC. Kickoff is at 5:00pm.