Former Stoke City owner unveils 49 rainbow seats at Orlando soccer club to honour shooting victims

Former Stoke City owner unveils 49 rainbow seats at Orlando soccer club to honour shooting victims
National News
Posted on 6 Jan 2017

Former owner and director of Stoke City FC and current president of Orlando City Soccer Club, Phil Rawlins, has unveiled 49 rainbow seats at the team’s new stadium to honour the 49 victims of last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

The shooting, which took place on 12th June, are in section 12 of Orlando City’s new stadium which is due to open in March.

“Just over six months ago on June the 12th, there was the senseless loss of 49 lives at the Pulse Nigthclub,” Rawlins said in a video released by the club.

“And as a sports, as a community, as a soccer club, we responded to that tragedy in the very best possible way.

“And it was my belief, I know it’s your belief as a club, that this sport can lift up a community and help to heal a community.

“We made a commitment on that day that, which is that we would commemorate, forever, in the new stadium a memory of the 49 victims that lost their lives that day. And today we’re here to do that.

“We’re here to commemorate and unveil the 49 rainbow seats that will sit permanently in section 12 of our new stadium as a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12.”

The seats have been sold to fans with season tickets and will be occupied every game.

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