Soccer Club Unveils Heartwarming Tribute To Orlando Shooting Victims

The team's new stadium features a prominent, permanent memorial.

In the wake of the horrific events at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 of last year, communities and organizations across the country came together to honor the 49 killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Hundreds lined up to donate blood. Stars of Broadway organized a powerful performance of "What the World Needs Now" that was recorded to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. And this week, the Orlando City Soccer Club revealed a permanent memorial to the victims in its new stadium. 

In Section 12 sit six rows of rainbow-colored seats, 49 in total, all affixed with an #OrlandoUnited sticker. In a video released on the team's Twitter, Phil Rawlins, founder of the Major League Soccer team, said the seats have been sold to season ticket holders, and he expects them to be occupied at every game. 

Rawlins told the Orlando Sentinel that, as a soccer club, they made a commitment the day after the tragedy to commemorate the victims in their new stadium. He hopes the seats will be "a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12."

"It was my belief that this sport can lift up a community and help to heal a community," Rawlins said.

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