Magic co-founder takes swing in effort to bring MLB team to Orlando, unveils new stadium design

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams revealed plans for a proposed stadium to lure a Major League Baseball team to the City Beautiful.

Williams is leading the charge for a group called the Orlando City Baseball Dreamers.


The price tag for the proposed stadium is $1.7 billion and will be home to a Major League Baseball team, office space, retail shops, approximately 1,000 hotel rooms, and restaurants.

On Tuesday, Williams held a press conference unveiling the rendering of what the new stadium could look like.

This proposed stadium will seat 45,000 fans in a state-of-the-art facility on International Drive between State Road 528 and the Aquatica Orlando Water Park.

The Dreamers are set to meet with the Orange County Citizen Advisory Task Force on Friday and will ask for $975 million to come from the tourist development tax funds, with the other $700 million coming from team sources.

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Williams said an MLB team in Orlando would generate $40 billion over the next 30 years.

Williams said that Orlando could land a team through MLB expansion or by luring the Tampa Bay Rays from Saint Petersburg.

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“The stadium would make us the leading candidate for the next MLB franchise. Best media market, best stadium, best location – we have everything here in Orlando,” Williams said. “You don’t get many chances to add a professional sports franchise to your community. If we don’t act now, we may never have this opportunity again.”

No matter what happens this is Orlando’s final chance to land a major league baseball team, Williams added.

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