ORLANDO, Fla. (April 19, 2022) – Orlando City SC will host three-time English Premier League champions Arsenal FC on Wednesday, July 20, it was announced today. The match at Exploria Stadium will mark the first meeting between the two sides all-time. Kickoff time for the match will be announced at a later date.
“We’re excited to be able to provide our fans and the greater Orlando soccer community the opportunity to experience one of the world’s most iconic clubs, Arsenal FC, right here in the best soccer venue in America, Exploria Stadium,” said Jarrod Dillon, Orlando City SC president of business operations. “Not only will the friendly be a phenomenal experience for our fans, but we are excited to see our Lions take the field against a top international opponent. This is going to be a match that no one will want to miss.”
Orlando City Season Ticket Members will receive priority access and preferred pricing, beginning Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. ET. More information will be sent from the Member Services team.
The Club will be releasing a three (3) match mini plan, that includes the match against Arsenal, for fans who want to secure tickets to the match prior to the general public ticket on-sale. The mini plan will be available starting at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 28. To be contacted when this plan goes on-sale, please click here.
Groups of 10+ will also receive priority access to select tickets and can sign up here to be contacted by a group sales representative. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. ET and will be available at OrlandoCitySC.com/tickets. Fans who want to be contacted when single-match tickets go on sale can sign up here.
“This game is a unique opportunity for us to host one of Europe’s most recognized teams at Exploria Stadium,” said City EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. “This is a great way for our players to get high-level gameplay and for our fans to see us match up with a very exciting Premier League opponent. We’re looking forward to it.”
Arsenal has a storied history in England, having won a record 14 FA Cups, two League Cups, 16 FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and 13 EFL and Premier League titles, including an undefeated season in the 2003-04 season.
The London-based club, founded in 1886, will visit the United States this summer as part of the “FC Series”. Arsenal and Chelsea, two of the world’s most popular and successful professional soccer clubs, will then meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on July 23 for the Florida Cup. The stateside derby will be the finale of the weeklong “FC Series” expansion featuring international matches across the United States.
The FC Series is a national expansion of the Florida Cup, held in the state since 2015 featuring clubs from across the globe. The largest annual international soccer event in the Sunshine State, the Florida Cup is a global platform that combines sports, music and entertainment. In 2021, the event's international TV audience reached over 5 million unique viewers. In 2022, the event expands to the FC Series featuring multiple matches across the United States.
About Arsenal FC:
Arsenal Football Club was born when a group of workers at Dial Square armaments factory in Woolwich decided to form a football team to break the monotony of factory life.
Since that Dial Square team played its first match against Eastern Wanderers in 1886, Arsenal has gone on to become one of London’s most successful football clubs and one of the most famous names in modern football with millions of passionate followers worldwide.
Steeped in history and tradition, Arsenal Football Club has thrived on a pioneering and innovative spirit that has existed throughout its 134 years in existence. While society and football may have changed during this time, Arsenal has always served to create a sense of community for people in north London, across the UK and around the world.
About Florida Cup / FC Series:
The largest annual international soccer event in the Sunshine State, the Florida Cup is a global platform that combines sports, music and entertainment. In 2021, the event’s international TV audience reached over 5 million unique viewers. Across social networks, content posted by official event pages and shared worldwide reached more than 100 million people. In 2022, the event expands to the FC Series featuring multiple matches across the United States. For more information on the FC Series, visit FCSeries.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.