February 27, 2019
Travelers Score with Orlando City Soccer Club-themed Pub at Orlando International Airport
Only MLS- and NWSL-themed airport restaurant and bar in North America; Official merchandise store available inside the City Pub
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 27, 2019) – Vamos Orlando! City Pub – an exciting new dining experience has now landed in Orlando International Airport.
Orlando City SC, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and global restaurateur HMSHost opened City Pub in the airport’s pre-security Main Terminal area to the public this week.
City Pub is a full-service restaurant and bar featuring game day-inspired cuisine and a festive venue celebrating the City Beautiful’s teams – Orlando City in Major League Soccer (MLS) and Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
“This is an exciting project we have been looking forward to opening with our great partners in one of the most traveled airports in the world,” said Alex Leitão, CEO of Orlando City SC. “The energy and excitement for soccer continues to grow in Central Florida, and we want every person traveling through Orlando to get a taste of our soccer Club, especially during a year where Orlando will be on full display as the host for the 2019 MLS All-Star and the home of world-class players ahead of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
Marking the only MLS- and NWSL-themed restaurant and bar in a North American airport, City Pub will bring the game day spirit of Orlando City Stadium into the airport. Guests will feel the excitement of the game, whether they choose to dine in the main dining room, the full-service bar or the adjacent lounge area. The pub is adorned in the Club’s signature purple, along with official soccer balls, team jerseys, soccer scarves, cleats, soccer field shaped pendant lighting and faux grass throughout.
On the menu lineup, guests can choose from all-day dining options that won’t leave them sitting on the sidelines. The restaurant features a nod to game day favorites like Chili, Pork Tacos, and a Brisket Burger to other entrée options such as the Rice & Veggie Bowl, and the Chicken & Artichokes. Early morning travelers can kick off their day with a variety of breakfast favorites including the Chicken & Waffles, and the heart healthy Egg White Scramble.
“We are pleased to add a quality dining option before security, especially one that offers a themed experience with our community’s very popular soccer teams,” said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This is also an excellent opportunity for Orlando International Airport to both strengthen our relationship with Orlando City SC and provide our customers a unique amenity.”
“The City Pub brings travelers a first-of-its-kind dining experience that will have travelers making it a goal to visit the next time they are at Orlando International Airport,” said Amy Dunne, Vice President of Business Development for HMSHost. “HMSHost is honored to team up with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Orlando City SC to welcome travelers and fans with great food and drinks along with a fun sports atmosphere that centers on the history and tradition of soccer in Central Florida.”
Traveling fans are never far from the action on the field with large televisions throughout the restaurant where guests can gather to take in the great game. The drink menu comes in with an assist, offering travelers a broad selection of beers, wine, and crafty cocktails such as the Away Days Sangria, Lion’s Passion Paloma, and the Old Fashioned Footie, among others.
An illuminated ticker feature in the center of the restaurant also provides non-stop rotating updates on the latest scores from across the globe.
Travelers can also shop for official Orlando City SC merchandise inside City Pub.
Orlando City SC continues to increase its footprint in Central Florida with the City Pub opening at Orlando International Airport. In 2017, Lion’s Pride soccer pub and grill opened in downtown Orlando and is walking distance from the Club’s home stadium.
About Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC joined Major League Soccer (MLS) as the league's 21st franchise in November 2013, becoming the first MLS team in the Southeast. The Lions began league play in March 2015, and in 2017, moved into its privately-owned downtown soccer stadium. In 2019, Orlando City SC will launch OCB in the newly-formed USL League One to bridge the gap between its successful youth development academy and the First Team.
In November 2015, the Club announced its intention to bring professional women’s soccer to Central Florida and launched Orlando Pride in National Women's Soccer League. The Pride began league play in April 2016 with a star-studded team of FIFA World Cup Champions. For more information, visit orlandocitysc.com or orlando-pride.com.
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.