Seminole County agrees to contribute $2M toward Orlando soccer stadium

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Seminole County commissioners agreed to contribute $2 million toward a soccer stadium set to be built in Orlando.

The site where the stadium could be built is miles away from the Seminole County residents whose tax dollars will foot part of the bill.

Commissioners believe the investment will pay off.

Orlando City Soccer is putting the final pieces in place to make its soccer stadium a reality.

Seminole County commissioners agreed Tuesday to chip in $200,000 each year over the next 10 years, a sign of support project director Brett Lashbrook was hoping for.

"Today was another victory in a line of many victories in which we need to accomplish," Lashbrook said.

The investment is a drop in the bucket compared to what the City of Orlando and Orange County are chipping in -- about $20 million apiece, but it could pay off.

Orlando City Soccer has its training facility in Seminole County.

Under the agreement, the club would have to put on more events at that facility, and hotels would report on added income.

Leaders estimate the economic impact over 10 years will be $31 million.

"We would get $31 million for our $2 million investment? That's not a bad investment: $2 million -- $31 million, that's what the taxpayers need," Seminole County commissioner Bob Dallari said.

Critics say their money shouldn't go to a venue miles from home.

The soccer club won't get any Seminole County taxpayer money until construction begins on the 18,000 seat stadium that soccer officials say will help them score a Major League Soccer franchise.

"It's another great way of how the project is being appropriately viewed as a regional impact ...but to the entire central Florida region," Lashbrook said.