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01/05/2017 11:41 am ET Updated Jan 05, 2017

Orlando Soccer Stadium Honors Pulse Victims With Rainbow Seats

The 49 seats -- one for each victim -- are meant "as a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12."
Orlando, Florida's soccer stadium has unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats to honor the victims of last year's shooting at Pulse
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Orlando, Florida's soccer stadium has unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats to honor the victims of last year's shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The victims of last year’s shooting at Orlando, Florida’s gay Pulse nightclub are being honored by the city’s soccer stadium in a vibrant way.

Forty-nine rainbow-colored seats were unveiled Wednesday at Orlando City Soccer Club’s new stadium, with each seat representing one of the lives lost in the tragedy.

Phil Rawlins, the team’s founder, helped reveal the colorful memorial while declaring that it will serve “as a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12.”

“We put them in Section 12, obviously because we felt that was pertinent — it was June 12 last year when the tragedy happened,” he said while standing before the purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red rows. A stamp in the center of each seat reads #OrlandoUnited.

“So they’re right here in Section 12, they’re right down by the benches. They’ll certainly be seen by everybody inside the stadium, and a very significant reminder of that day,” he said.

The brand new, privately funded stadium, which seats 25,500 people, was only recently completed for the Major League Soccer team. The stadium will host its first soccer match between Orlando and New York City Football Club on March 5. 

Check out more of the photos below:

  • Orlando's soccer stadium unveiled the seats with the help of Phil Rawlins, who founded Orlando City Soccer Club.
    Orlando City SC
    Orlando's soccer stadium unveiled the seats with the help of Phil Rawlins, who founded Orlando City Soccer Club.
  • The stadium was only recently completed and is set to host its first match in March.
    Orlando City SC
    The stadium was only recently completed and is set to host its first match in March.
  • Each seat, which features an #OrlandoUnited stamp, memorializes one of the tragedy's victims. 
    Orlando City SC
    Each seat, which features an #OrlandoUnited stamp, memorializes one of the tragedy's victims. 
  • The vibrant memorial will be a permanent feature at the stadium.
    Orlando City SC
    The vibrant memorial will be a permanent feature at the stadium.
  • The new stadium can seat up to 25,500 people.
    Orlando City SC
    The new stadium can seat up to 25,500 people.
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