A week ago we gave you details on the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for Orlando City’s new home. Today, the club announced more details of this Thursday’s exciting event, including the unveiling of the “unique gift” that the Lions promised to those who pre-register for the event.
The fan gift will be a miniature clear Orlando City paint can, which can be used to hold the special “ground” from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony. That “ground” will be 24 tons of purple sand, held in a box constructed specially for the ceremonial dig. The bucket (pictured above) with purple sand will indeed provide a unique keepsake to City fans attending the ceremony.
In addition, the club announced that MLS President Mark Abbott will be joining the dignitaries already scheduled to be on hand, which include Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
Fans should begin gathering at Church Street Station around 5:30 p.m. for a ceremonial procession to the stadium site at 6:15. The Jones High School Band will provide entertainment on site, and the formal groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 6:45. A ceremonial dig starts at 7:20 and Church Street Station will host a street party afterwards.
Special lion-themed shovels were also commissioned for the event.
Further announcements are expected throughout the buildup to the ceremony via Orlando City’s various social media pages.