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Orlando City to spend MLS debut season in Citrus Bowl

MLS expansion franchise Orlando City will call the Florida Citrus Bowl home for their debut MLS campaign next year.

The Lions will enter USA and Canada's top flight competition in 2015 and will play their home matches at the revamped Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando for their first season.

Orlando City are currently playing at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista but will return to their spiritual home for one final season before moving on again.

The following year the reigning USL PRO champions will move into their own soccer-specific stadium, just a mile down the road, but the decision to kick off at the Citrus Bowl has fans showing plenty of excitement.

"We always knew we were going to spend some time there at the new Citrus Bowl," said Jared Ambrose, a director with Orlando City's Iron Lion Firm supporters' group.

"Being able to spend a full year there again is something we're looking forward to. The Citrus Bowl has been kind of like our home, it's where we've been and all we've really known prior to this year.

"We're going to treat 2015 like a bit of a homecoming for us."

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