Sure, the sand and the beach are great, but on select nights this summer, spend a little time on the luxuriant green field under the lights with the Orlando City B soccer club. This newest addition to Florida’s Space Coast’s sports landscape plays matches many weekends from March to September at the uniquely intimate confines of the Titan Soccer Complex. Located off I-95 and down the block from the Indian River Lagoon on the campus of Eastern Florida State College, an OCB game is an experience not to be missed.
This United Soccer League team is comprised of on-the-rise players looking for their chance to be on the Orlando City Lions’ main squad, as well as foundational players shaking off a bit of rust. The booming drum beat and relentless in-game energy pulsing out of the supporter section (our friendly Harbor City Hooligans) is an event itself. Any and every seat is as close to the action as you’d like to be: yellow cards, screaming soccer balls, fresh turf, and high-cleats. In the meantime, between the whistles, kick back and enjoy the wide variety of food trucks that line the stadium during every game flinging delicious treats from tacos to hot dogs.
And if you’re looking for a sit-down dinner pre-game, it just so happens that some of the most delectable establishments Florida’s Space Coast has to offer find themselves right near the stadium:
- Cedar’s Cafe: Incredible authentic Mediterranean food and a family dinner table atmosphere. Gyros and skewers, but Cedar’s is known to locals for their amazing traditional salads: the “Dr. Rita” salad is a go-to every time.
- Long Doggers: A Florida’s Space Coast mainstay, take those sandals off and dig into everything from fresh fish to wings. Everything is good, but no matter the meal, make absolutely certain you pair it with their legendary waffle fries.
- Charlie & Jake’s Brewery: Need a beer and a burger before the game? Of course you do. C & J’s also has an array of large televisions tuned to every imaginable sport, just in case you need more. Also, this place is an actual award-winning brewery, and The Indian River Red amber ale is the standout.
- Bizzaro’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria: Biggest slice of pizza on Florida’s Space Coast? Yes. Best slice of pizza on Florida’s Space Coast? Again, yes. Bizzaro’s makes many (many) types of Italian food, not just pizza, and the calzones are particularly noteworthy. But always get a pizza; it’s a must before an OCB game.
- Tickets range from $15 to $30.
- Parking is $8, cash only. The parking lots open three hours before kickoff for tailgating.
- Beer is available in the stadium.
- Schedule and tickets information can be found here
This is the inaugural season for OCB on Florida’s Space Coast, and as they settle into their new home, look for good crowds and good fun to follow. Sand, surf, and soccer: 21st century coastal Florida at its most vibrant. See you on the pitch.