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Support Lions and SunRail with purple


By Chris Carson

SunRailRiders Special Correspondent

Remember #FillTheBowl, the social-media campaign to support the Orlando City Lion inaugural Major League Soccer match at the Citrus Bowl?

Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins really put the icing on the cake when he made Central Florida history by arranging for SunRail to run on a Sunday (something we’ve all be hoping for) to carry fans to that first game. Sure, it was crowded, but we loved it.

Sadly most Lions home matches are on the weekends so we usually don’t get a chance to ride SunRail to the games, but on June 24th, a Wednesday, the Lions are playing at home versus the Colorado Rapids. So I propose that we make this a big deal with a new campaign that we’re calling #PacktheTrainPurple.

On June 24 we’re calling on everybody who loves Orlando City Soccer to wear purple and pack SunRail on the way to and from the game at the Citrus Bowl stadium. We’re asking bosses to declare June 24th a casual Wednesday so everyone can wear their purple Orlando City Lions gear.

SunRail and Orlando City Lions soccer go together like a hand and glove. Central Floridians love both of them and they’ve really helped to establish Central Florida as a hip place to live, work and go to school.

As you probably know, Orlando City Soccer has been drawing nearly 40,000 people to its home games on the weekend. That means lots of cars on I-4 (it is fun to see all the Orlando Lions magnets on cars) and monumental parking headaches.

That’s why, on June 24, we’re calling on fans to leave their cars at the closest SunRail station and pack the trains headed to Church Street to catch shuttle buses to the stadium. Come early so you can catch dinner and a drink before heading over to the stadium. Ask your friends, neighbors and coworkers to do the same and post this information on your social-media channels with the tag #PacktheTrainPurple.

By coming together wearing purple and packing the train, we’re not only showing our support for our beloved Lions, but also for SunRail. This is particularly important as there are still doubts about getting the funding needed to expand SunRail to Deland.

Packing SunRail for the game also shows that it is more than a commuter train to get to work. We want a full service train that runs 7-days a week and at convenient intervals during the day.

Click here if you plan to show your support on June 24th by packing the train on the way to the game.

Kick off is 7:30 p.m.

See you on The Rail.