Orlando City SC to Observe Juneteenth as Recognized Club Holiday

Orlando City SC to Observe Juneteenth as Recognized Club Holiday

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2020) – Orlando City SC today announced that the Club will close its offices at Exploria Stadium tomorrow, Friday, June 19, in observation of Juneteenth. June 19 will also become an annually-recognized organizational holiday. 
 
The Club, which recently denounced racism, systemic injustices and vowed to do more, is proud to join its employees and many other organizations across the country in celebrating and reflecting on this important day in United States history.
 
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated holiday which honors African American freedom in the US. Recognized annually on June 19, Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the same day in 1865 — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War had ended and the country’s remaining enslaved people were freed. 
 
In addition to recognizing Juneteenth, the Club will continue to create a constructive dialogue with vital members of Orlando’s black and minority communities, and will strive to make meaningful differences through its actions - both within the Club and in the greater Orlando area. 

 

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UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.