WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Proposed Soccer Stadium Money Caught in Political Tug-of-War


Play Audio
Construction workers broke ground on the new stadium in 2014 and expect to complete by early next soccer season. Photo: Orlando City Soccer.

Construction workers broke ground on the new stadium in 2014 and expect to complete by early next soccer season. Photo: Orlando City Soccer.

Stay up to date on coronavirus coverage: Listen to WMFE on your radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” or “WMFE” and you’ll be connected.

Plans for Orlando’s new Major League Soccer stadium are in limbo as the gridlocked legislature focuses on expanding Medicaid.

State lawmakers have yet to vote on a $30 million request for the stadium before the session ends next Friday.

Mayor Buddy Dyer has been hopeful, but concerned.

“The state funding should have been just a slam dunk,” he said. “Certainly we could probably build a stadium without that funding, but it would not be a stadium of the quality we had anticipated.”

Lawmakers are to decide whether the money will go to Orlando City, the Daytona International Speedway, or two other teams.

Anxious for a decision, Mayor Buddy Dyer says the money was already allocated during last year’s session.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with any of the health care discussions going on in Tallahassee,” he said about the legislature’s slow movement. “Now, the health care discussions do complicate every other issue—whether it’s this issue or any other where the legislature is dysfunctional.”

If approved, the stadium would cost $115 million.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Renata Sago

Renata Sago

TOP