BRADENTON, Fla. – While it isn’t the biggest project in Orlando, Fla.’s planned financing early next year that could reach $304.5 million, a major driver of the deal is a new Major League Soccer-ready stadium.

The contribution of $20 million in tourist tax revenues by the city and surrounding Orange County toward the $85 million stadium was the final funding element expected to land the popular Orlando City Soccer Club one of four expansion franchises being offered by the MLS through 2020.

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