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Armada Reveal New Professional League and Stadium Plans

Armada Reveal New Professional League and Stadium Plans

November 3, 2023 – MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)Jacksonville Armada FC News Release

Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville Armada FC proudly announces two groundbreaking developments, the Armada will break ground on the stadium in January 2024 with all hopes of final permitting and stadium construction to allow for the club’s first MLS NEXT Pro season to be in 2025.

Entry into MLS NEXT Pro:

Jacksonville Armada FC is thrilled to announce their expansion into MLS NEXT Pro. This move represents a pivotal moment in their journey and a testament to the team’s dedication. “Growing the sport of soccer is a foundational pillar for MLS NEXT Pro and the addition of strong independent clubs is critically important to that,” said Charles Altchek, President of MLS NEXT Pro. “It was clear from the beginning of our conversations with Robert Palmer and the Armada that their priorities are aligned with ours, most importantly their commitment to the passionate fan base in Jacksonville. We’re thrilled to welcome the Armada to the League and look forward to seeing the impact they will have both on and off the field, particularly in their local community.” This decision takes the club back to professional soccer, its long-awaited return since 2017. This opportunity will provide local talent with a clear path to professional soccer at the highest level. The organization is excited to be part of MLS NEXT Pro and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities it will bring. As the club embarks on this transformative journey, they invite their fans, businesses, and the entirety of the Northeast Florida community, to join them on this remarkable adventure. Together, the club will create a future where soccer thrives, and Jacksonville flourishes. Robert Palmer, Owner of Jacksonville Armada FC, states, “As owner of the Jacksonville Armada, I serve as the steward of the team for our fans.  We have waited patiently for a league to come along that would provide high level competition, stability, and the opportunity to grow. That day is today.  We are thrilled to announce our partnership with MLS NEXT Pro and the return of the Armada to the professional ranks.”

Downtown Stadium in the Heart of the Eastside and the Sports Entertainment District:

Jacksonville Armada FC is embarking on the construction of a state-of-the-art downtown stadium, situated within the Eastside community and next to the sports and entertainment district. This stadium will not only be a home for the…

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