According to Founder and President Williams, the group he’s leading to bring baseball to Orlando is called the Dreamers as “a nod to Walt Disney and Arnold Palmer and the many other visionaries who helped develop this area into the special place it has become.”
Immediately following MLB’s 2019 announcement of plans to expand by two cities, Williams set to work enlisting support from Central Florida baseball fans (just like he did to bring the Orlando Magic to town). Already over 12,000 people have expressed interest in purchasing season tickets.
“Orlando has proven in the years since the Magic began playing in 1989 that it is every bit a big league sports town,” Williams said. “The Orlando Magic is as popular as ever, soccer fans have embraced the Orlando City Lions, and now it’s time to step up to the plate and make baseball happen, too.
Why Should MLB Come to Orlando?
The bigger question is why shouldn’t MLB come to Orlando. Currently, it’s the country’s largest media market without a major league baseball team (larger than nine markets that already have teams), but Orlando is also the most popular U.S. travel destination, with over 75 million visitors in 2022.
Calculating increased interest over the next several years, thanks in part to Universal’s Epic Universe theme park and Orlando’s new Brightline high-speed rail system, it’s estimated the city could see 100 million tourists annually by 2030. That’s a lot of baseball fans.
Even if only 4% of projected Orlando tourists attended only one baseball game, that would put Orlando at #6 for MLB season attendance.
A New State-of-the-Art Stadium
The group envisions Orlando’s new 45,000-seat domed stadium would combine an innovative architectural design (like a roof that also provides natural sunlight) with immersive and interactive aspects to maximize the fan experience.
“This stadium would make us the leading candidate for the next MLB franchise,” Williams said. “Best media market, best stadium, best location…we have everything here in Orlando.”