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Orlando City FC building first safe-standing section in the MLS

by Matthew Campelli | 19 Dec 2016

The first safe-standing section within a Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium is being built in the new home of Orlando City SC.

According to the franchise, the stand will take inspiration from the ‘Yellow Wall’ in Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion which creates a loud and intimidating atmosphere.

The steep stand will form part of the club’s new US$100m (£80.6m, €95.8m) stadium, which is being designed by Populous.

Originally designed as a 19,000-spectator venue, the capacity has since been increased to 28,000 due to popular demand.

Orlando City secured the second-highest average attendance in the MLS in its maiden season (37,400), demonstrating a high demand for professional football in the region.

Like many of the other German Bundesliga stadiums, Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion accommodates safe-standing.

There have been calls for English Football League clubs to introduce safe-standing, but such a policy will have to be brought in by the government, which looks unlikely in the near future.

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The first safe-standing section within a Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium is being built in the new home of Orlando City SC. According to the franchise, the stand will take inspiration from the ‘Yellow Wall’ in Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion which creates a loud and intimidating atmosphere. The steep stand will form part of the club’s new US$100m (£80.6m, €95.8m) stadium, which is being designed by Populous. Originally designed as a
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