- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando City says it is increasing its season ticket availability to 18,000 for soccer games in the 2016 season.

The announcement Wednesday by the first-year Major League Soccer team comes after officials previously said they’d sold out of the entire 14,000 season ticket offering for the inaugural season, creating a waitlist for next season.

The Lions said last month they would privately fund the building of a new downtown stadium and increase its original planned capacity from 19,500 to between 25,000 and 28,000.

Attendance for the inaugural season of Orlando City (6-7-6) in the MLS has exceeded expectations. Orlando City home games have drawn an average of more than 34,000 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, a record for an expansion team in its first 10 stand-alone home games.

The new stadium will be a soccer-specific venue.

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