Orlando City Commissioners voted unanimously to sign a construction agreement for an $84 million soccer stadium project.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the stadium will be open on the south end so soccer fans can see Church Street, which he said will create a lively atmosphere downtown.
The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 Major League Soccer season. The Lions will join the MLS that year.
Dyer said that on the north end there will be standing room for supporters.
A spokesman for the Orlando City Lions told Channel 9's Kathi Belich that the soccer club is looking at all the great features at all the other soccer stadiums and will take the best of the best and put it all together in Orlando's stadium.
The stadium will be built by Populos, the company that built the Amway Center and has worked on venues around the world.
Dyer said that any cost overruns will be the responsibility of the soccer team.