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Citrus Bowl Renovations Are About Halfway Complete--and Officials Hope it Will Encourage More Visitors


June 4, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando - Orlando and Orange County officials gave a sneak peek to the media at the progress so far.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer signs the "Forward Progress" beam at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. The first game in the new stadium will be held at the end of November. Photo: Taisha Henry | WMFE

Construction only paused for less than an hour as officials talked about the milestones reached during the renovation process.

The roughly $207 million project began earlier this year. The lower bowl is almost complete, and the entire stadium will be able to hold over 65,000 people upon completion.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says the project fits in well with the new mission to rebrand Orlando more than just a tourism destination.

“We want people to know, yeah, we’re the greatest place in the world to visit--but also want them to know, we’re also the greatest place in the world to live. And we are rapidly becoming that, but most people don’t know it," says Jacobs.

The stadium will be game ready for the first event, the Florida Blue Florida Classic, in late November.

Stadium Fact Sheet:

  • 5,000,000 - total pounds of debris removed and recycled from the old stadium
  • 25 - days to completely demolish the lower bowl and seating levels
  • 75,629,700 - pounds of concrete and reinforced steel used in the foundation for the new structure
  • 900 - estimated peak number of workers on site during the height of reconstruction

 

Additions:

  • New lower bowl
  • 10,000 sq. foot party deck
  • New team locker rooms
  • Improved disability seating with enhanced sightlines
  • Expanded concourse to give fans on the lower and upper levels the ability to walk around the entire facility
  • Open-air and enclosed Club seating with available food service


 

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