Orlando City flag seats

Orlando City Soccer Club hasn’t been around Major League Soccer long, but since its inception as a second-division club back in 2012, it has ingrained itself in the community.

The club will do that again when it opens its new stadium next season, as reports indicate it will honor the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Orlando City and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride will do so by putting a rainbow-colored flag design into a section of seats at the new 25,500-seat stadium in downtown Orlando.

It is a huge gesture to those that lost their lives in the gay nightclub attack and a huge statement of solidarity with the LGBTQ community in general. MLS has long been in the forefront of accepting the community within the sports world, with teams often holding Gay Pride Nights for matches, and the rainbow flag can be seen at nearly every game.

Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride will open the stadium next season, and you can bet the seats won’t be the only way this club honors those victims.

[Pro Soccer Talk]

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