ORLANDO – June 22, 2015 – When Joe Flood of Kyle, South Dakota, purchased his tickets to Wednesday's match against the Colorado Rapids at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, he helped Orlando City SC reach a significant milestone. The Lions have now sold tickets in every one of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Moreover, the first year Major League Soccer (MLS) organization announced today that it has also sold tickets to its matches in 50 countries - placing the Lions in an exclusive 50-50 club!
"The reach of our Club is officially nationwide and it continues to extend around the globe, bring worldwide attention to Central Florida," said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins. "We continue toward our goal of building a preeminent sports property both domestically and internationally, and in doing so drawing the global spotlight to the City Beautiful. Fans are traveling from these locations to Orlando, helping to drive our local economy to the benefit of the entire community.
"In addition to our MLS following, we continue to bring high-caliber games to Orlando, such as the international friendly between Mexico and Costa Rica on Saturday. Games like this continue to reinforce Orlando's place among the sporting world as the 'Soccer Capital of the South.' "
Through their first eight MLS home games of the season, Orlando City has averaged 35,770 fans per game and has exceeded 40,000 in attendance twice. Including the friendly against Brazilian Serie A side Ponte Preta, the Lions have drawn nearly 300,000 fans to the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Orlando City has established itself as a major attraction for tourists and soccer fans alike, to the benefit of the entire Central Florida region.
Nearly 45,000 tickets have been sold for the international friendly between Mexico and Costa Rica. That match will take place Saturday, June 27 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl with a kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Orlando City will return to league play on Wednesday, June 24, when the team hosts the Colorado Rapids at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.