Thousands Attend Lions Open Practice at Citrus Bowl

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Orlando_City_MLS_logoOrlando City Soccer Club hosted a festive and vibrant open practice for fans Saturday night at the Orlando Citrus Bowl as the team continues to prepare for its inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) matchup against New York FC on March 8.

Afterward, Season Ticket Members enjoyed a special autograph session with all Orlando City players. But Former FIFA World Cup player Kaká delivered an unforgettable night for fans. Refusing to stop at the session’s predetermined time, Kaká continued to sign autographs and pose for photos with every single fan that patiently waited for nearly two hours – creating lifelong memories for Lions fans of all ages.

The event, which was free to fans, provided an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a low-key soccer experience with family and friends. Thousands were on-hand to watch Coach Adrian Heath take the team through various exercises for nearly 90 minutes.

DSC_6041“We’ll have to play with different positions a bit, but the team looked good today,” said Coach Heath. “Our biggest goal is getting everyone more minutes on the field and keeping them healthy and mentally prepared.”

With a goal to reach 60,000 spectators for the March 8 matchup, the Lions have currently sold over 11,000 season ticket packages, and today, opened the sale of 2015 single-game tickets at the Citrus Bowl Box office. The team aims to top the sale of season-ticket packages at 14,000.

“This practice marks the beginning of the end of preseason for us and we are moved by the support from the community,” said Orlando City President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “We’ve seen the passion for soccer brewing in the City, and are confident our fans will come out and want to be part of history – for the team, the City and its great people.”

The 2015 Major League Soccer season kicks off at the Orlando Citrus Bowl as the Lions host New York City FC on March 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. To purchase season and single season tickets and #FilltheBowl, visit or call 855-ORL-CITY. Follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.