Orlando City is set to open its Major League Soccer era on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Lions' president Phil Rawlins told the Orlando Chamber of Commerce that is the tentative date for the opener, and general manager Paul McDonough and coach Adrian Heath also confirmed that date to the Sentinel last week.
The game falls on the opening weekend of MLS play in 2015, and is likely set to be one of two nationally televised games. Under MLS's new television deal, the league will have back-to-back games aired on ESPN and Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
The club will open the 2015 season in the Citrus Bowl as its soccer-specific stadium is built just down the road. The stadium is expected to be complete in time for the start of the 2016 season.
No opponent has been determined for Orlando City's opener. The 2015 MLS schedule is due out in mid-December.
Orlando City has learned several key dates as they begin the transition into MLS. The expansion draft will be held on Dec. 10, and the MLS SuperDraft is set for Jan. 15. The Lions will likely open training camp between Jan. 25-27.
On Wednesday, the club will take part in a draw with fellow expansion side NYCFC to determine which team will pick first in the expansion draft. The clubs will choose their order in several different player acquisition mechanisms, including the SuperDraft, allocation order and designated player order.
The Lions have seven players under contract for the MLS season -- defenders Tommy Redding, Tyler Turner and Rafael Ramos and midfielders Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molino, Kaká and Estrela -- and they are in negotiations with three other players -- defender Luke Boden and midfielders Harrison Heath and Adama Mbengue.