The International Champions Cup is expected to arrive in Orlando for 2017.
In its four-year history, the ICC has focused on a core of American cities that includes -- naturally -- some of the country's largest markets, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, among others.
The ICC also always seems to get games in the Bay Area, Charlotte, and Minneapolis with the newly built U.S. Bank Stadium. There's also presence of massive college football venues such as Michigan Stadium and Ohio Stadium, which boast capacities of over 100,000.
However, things will change for the upcoming ICC in 2017 which should feature some of the best teams in the world like FC Barcelona, Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid, among others. It has been reported that Camping World Stadium in both 2017 and 2018, making it the first time the event lands in the Soccer Capital of the South next summer.
Orlando has a huge soccer market and the venue itself is perfect for big games with a capacity of 65,500. There's every reason to believe that CWS will sell-out on both years, and if that's the case it wouldn't be strange to see both parties extend the partnership for more years. If things go the right way, Camping World Stadium could easily join the ICC's regular rotation that already has important venues like the Rose Bowl, StubHub Center, MetLife Stadium, and Soldier Field, among others.
It's a big win for the city of Orlando and Orlando City SC as a franchise, as they're quickly becoming one of the most important MLS franchises in terms of market.