ORLANDO, Fla. (March. 5, 2021) -
Orlando City has revealed its newest kit with the 2021 Thick N Thin Home Kit, its latest addition to its collection. A representation of the transition to a new era, the new 2021 Thick N Thin kit celebrates the most loyal fans in Major League Soccer. The jersey is inspired by City’s unwavering and irreverent fanbase and the manner in which the Orlando community exemplifies resilience through thick and thin, ups and downs, rain or shine.
The new kit is now available for purchase on OCMobileShop.com or in person at The Den at Exploria Stadium starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 6. The first 200 fans to purchase the Thick N Thin kit on OCMobileShop.com, at The Den or onsite at the Club’s City Art Jam kit launch will receive an exclusive CITYiD patch and access to a behind-the-scenes Exploria Stadium Tunnel Tour on March 6. The Tunnel Tour will allow fans to take the same walk to the pitch as the players who wear the City purple, culminating in a photo opportunity from the field. In addition, the new jersey is also offered through the team’s partners at MLSStore.com.
“This isn’t just a jersey for the team to wear on the field. This is a jersey for our fans to wear proudly, here in Orlando or wherever they may be, that represents the dedication and strength of our community,” Orlando City SC Chief Executive Officer Alex Leitão said. “Orlando has been tested, both on the field at Exploria Stadium and out in our neighborhoods, but each time we come together and come out stronger on the other side. We’re proud to be a fabric that binds this city together, something that our fans can rely on in tough times, and this kit is a thank you to everyone who has supported us no matter the circumstances, through Thick N Thin.”
The Thick N Thin kit features dark and light shades of purple that separate the top and bottom halves of the jersey, referencing the old and the new, while the thick and thin lines mark transition and celebrate the unconditional loyalty of those who don it. Found on the back of the neck is the state of Florida flag, while the Jock Tag is home to the phrase “Through Thick & Thin”.
Once again prominently displayed across the front of the jersey is the Club’s presenting partner and Official Medical Team, Orlando Health. This season will mark the 11th-consecutive year of partnership, across seven MLS and four USL campaigns, that Orlando Health is featured on both the Orlando City home and away kits.
“The excitement Orlando City Soccer Club generates throughout our community is contagious,” says Craig Mintzer, M.D., chief medical officer of Orlando City SC and renowned orthopedic surgeon with Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. “It’s an honor to take care of these players and we’re thrilled to continue to have Orlando City players and fans showcasing the Orlando Health brand on the front of their jersey.”
“Orlando Health is a cornerstone of our community and has been an amazing partner since day one of this Club. We are always proud to wear their name across the front of our kits, but even more so given the challenges faced over the last year,” Leitão added. “When we speak of support through Thick N Thin, our friends at Orlando Health are the true definition of that and we are very excited for another season with them.”
The kit was unveiled at the second edition of City Art Jam, presented by Orlando Health. During the event, a mural of team captain Luis Nani was painted live as part of the unveil, while eight local artists participated in a speed art competition, hosted by No Borders Art Competition, creating unique works of art that will be made available for auction with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Orlando City Foundation.
The Lions have begun preparations for their seventh MLS campaign, with preseason training underway at the Orlando City SC Training Ground at Osceola Heritage Park. With nearly six weeks to prepare, the 2021 MLS season is slated to kickoff the weekend of April 17.