Florida

Inter Miami joins MLS in 2020 and with their introduction, there is the chance to visit the two Florida MLS venues in one trip. Here are some possible options.

Orlando City hosts the Montreal Impact at Exploria Stadium on Saturday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The next day Inter Miami entertains the Philadelphia Union at 3:00pm ET. Note that the new Lockhart Stadium is in Fort Lauderdale.

Later that month, Toronto FC travels to Inter Miami on Saturday, April 25 for a 3:00pm ET kickoff. On Sunday Atlanta United goes to Orlando City for a 1:00 ET match.

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Memorial Day Weekend gives groundhoppers a chance to hit three grounds in a week. Start in Orlando for Orlando City versus the Columbus Crew on Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The next stop is Miami for a midweek match as Inter Miami hosts FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET. End your week in Tampa Bay as the Tampa Rowdies take on Philadelphia Union II on Saturday May 30 at Al Lang Stadium, which is in St. Petersburg.

Finally, in July travelers will have a chance to see both cities as Atlanta United heads down to Miami to play Inter Miami on Thursday, July 23 at 8:00pm ET. Philadelphia Union goes to Orlando on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET.             

In terms of travel time, it’s about two hours from Orlando to St. Petersburg, three hours from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale and three and a half hours from St. Petersburg to Fort Lauderdale.

I found this site that had some suggestions about how to get between the two cities. One suggestion was Redcoach. There are tickets for $15 depending on day and time.

Venues

Orlando City Stadium

I have been to Exploria. Because I was with Atlanta United fans, I didn’t get to see much of the stadium. From our vantage point, it looked very nice. Beware! The upper portions can be quite steep. My friend Ian of Rowdies Supporters Group Skyway Casuals reminds us to not wear opposing colors at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. Some of their fans are not super welcoming.

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Inter Miami will be playing at the new Lockhart Stadium. This will be their future training ground field once the new location is approved and built.

Team Information

Inter Miami

Orlando City

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Lower League Teams

There are tons of teams from the lower leagues of American soccer in Florida if you wanted to squeeze an extra game or two. Ian suggested Florida Soccer Soldiers, who play in the UPSL. Check out my map of US and Canadian teams to find a team 

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Here to help. Comment below or email me at austinlong1974@gmail.com.

Good luck and safe travels!!

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