ORLANDO, Florida (July 21, 2021) – The Wilf family has completed the acquisition of the Orlando City Soccer Club and will become the new majority owner of the club, as announced today. The purchase includes Major League Soccer’s Orlando City Soccer Club, National Women’s Soccer League’s Orlando Pride, Exploria Stadium and all related soccer assets, including the Orlando City Academy and Youth Soccer Network, as well as the two official training facilities of the Clubs, the Orlando Health Training Ground in Osceola Heritage Park, and the Orlando Health Training Ground in Sylvan Lake Park.
Mark Wilf, along with his brother Zygi and cousin Lenny, will become managing partners of Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride. Mark will serve as chairman and governor. Owned by the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings for 17 years, the Wilf family run Garden Homes, the family’s real estate company, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial and residential development.
“We are honored to be the administrators of Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride, clubs with strong and established foundations on the field, with renowned supporters and a passionate following, and in a community we are very proud of,” said the new chairman Mark Wilf.
“We would like to thank Flavio Augusto da Silva and the entire workforce very much for all of our discussions and for the foundation that they helped to build,” continued Wilf. “We are committed to building a world-class organization, winning championships, investing in the growth and success of Pride, and ensuring we continue to give back and make a meaningful difference to the Orlando community.”
The DeVos family will join the community of owners as a limited partner. The DeVos family has been part of the Orlando fabric since the National Basketball Association purchased the Orlando Magic in 1991. Dan DeVos will act as the main representative of the family. Dan is the chairman of the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.
“We are also very excited to welcome the DeVos family as part of our group of owners,” added Mark Wilf. “Dan and the DeVos family are synonymous with sports and community in Orlando. They are valued and strong strategic partners as we move forward and work to make Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride successful.”
With the purchase of Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride, the Wilf family closed their minority stake in the MLS expansion side of 2020 Nashville SC.
The Wilf family will be officially introduced and greeted at a media event and availability at Exploria Stadium in Orlando on Wednesday, August 4th. More details on this event will follow shortly.
The Wilf family has owned the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for 17 years. They led two of the most significant initiatives in Minnesota history with the completion of the US Bank Stadium and the launch of the Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
The Wilf family also developed the Vikings’ new headquarters, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, which opened in Eagan, Minnesota in March 2018. As the team’s everyday and training camp, the TCO Performance Center serves as the centerpiece of Viking Lakes, a 200-acre mixed-use facility that is now home to three eSports teams, the national headquarters of USA Curling, the northern office of the United States Tennis Association and the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel adjacent to the Vikings Museum and Sports Medicine Center and Medical Office Building by Twin Cities Orthopedics.
Garden Homes is the real estate company of the Wilf family, a nationwide leading provider of retail, commercial and private residential construction. In 2018, Wilfs also founded WISE (Wilf Innovative Sports & Entertainment) Ventures, an investment fund based in New York. WISE focuses on early-stage and growth-stage investment opportunities in sports, entertainment and real estate.
Philanthropy has been deeply rooted in the Wilf family for generations. They are consistent and passionate supporters of causes especially in New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, and Israel. The Wilf family has made social justice and child health initiatives a priority in their ownership and leadership efforts in Minnesota.
The DeVos family purchased the Orlando Magic in September 1991. Since then, the family has proudly served in their self-proclaimed role as “caretakers” of the franchise while operating on the belief that the NBA franchise truly belongs to the Central Florida community and the loyal ones Magic fans.
Affiliates include the team’s NBA G League franchise, Lakeland Magic, which was played in nearby Lakeland, Florida in 2017-18; ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, who serve as partners with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League; and Magic Gaming, who participated in the opening season of the NBA 2K League in 2018.
The DeVos family is actively involved in philanthropic and community efforts in central Florida and beyond, and has contributed more than $ 500 million to charitable causes in the past five years alone. One such effort is partnering with the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, which has a positive impact on nearly 100,000 youth every year through programs in education, arts, homelessness, and health and wellness.
About Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride:
Orlando City SC joined Major League Soccer (MLS) as the 21st franchise in November 2013, becoming the Southeast’s first MLS team. The Lions began league play in March 2015 and moved to their private downtown soccer stadium in 2017. In 2019, Orlando City SC relaunched Orlando City B to fill the gap between its successful junior academy and the First Team
In November 2015, the club announced its intention to bring professional women’s football to central Florida and launched Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League. The Pride began in April 2016 with a star-studded team of FIFA World Cup champions in the league. For more information, visit orlandocitysc.com or orlando-pride.com.