WATCH | June 12, 2016 will go down as perhaps the worst day in the history of Orlando, Florida. Now, the 49 victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting are being honored at Orlando City Soccer Club's new stadium.
Forty-nine brightly colored seats in Section 12 of the stadium will stand as a lasting memorial. Each seat is marked with the hashtag #OrlandoUnited. The team's founder, Phil Rawlins, told The Huffington Post that the seats "will serve as a constant reminder of the senseless acts of June 12th."
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told ESPN that the day of the Pulse nightclub shooting "the worst day in the history of our city." He said Orlando City's match against San Jose soon after the tragedy helped Orlando unite and endure the sorrow.
That first home game, I think was important to the healing process, to know that we could still go on with our lives.
The vibrant seats will commemorate the pain and horror of the massacre and exhibit how soccer has helped champion the LGBT community.
The new stadium hosted the first soccer match of the season this week.
People have shared their support of the stadium's rainbow seats with captions and hashtags of unity and love.