Just as Orange County (Florida) is in the thick of a #YearOfTransformation, so is the City of Orlando. Several years in fact! When speaking about the future of Orlando in his State of the City address on April 10th, Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “That future is literally under construction a few blocks away at the soon to be opened Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. West into Parramore, we can see a new Citrus Bowl, and blocks from here the site of a new stadium that Orlando’s second major league sports team, the Orlando City Lions, will call home. Just across the street, we can envision the new Magic entertainment complex.”
As far as #NewCitrusBowl goes Mayor Dyer shares, “We’ll be the only city in America that has three bowl games during bowl season. We’re looking at potential for professional football exhibition season, maybe a kickoff classic some college football games. We’ll continue to have monster trucks and we’re talking about maybe a second monster trucks event. We’ll bring back motorcross as well. Anything you can host in a stadium! I assume we’ll get Wrestlemania back here at some point, so lots of great stuff here at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.”
When exactly will the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl open, you ask? “We’re going to be game ready and play our first game on November 22nd, which will be the Florida Blue Florida Classic.” Even bigger news for all you football and college bowl fans! According to Mayor Dyer, “We’re making great progress and I have no doubt that it’ll be a great first experience that first game. We’ll be able to maintain our classic games; the Florida Classic, the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Capital One Bowl which is our New Year’s College Game Day. We’re also adding a third bowl game next year, the Cure Bowl, which the proceeds go to cancer research.” Finally, a football game I can support! (And maybe even understand!)
Many local jobs with more to come after the new doors (stairs?) open is also something to look forward to at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. To date, at the Citrus Bowl site alone, 165 people were placed in jobs though City of Orlando’s Blueprint Employment Office, and over 1900 jobs at the Amway Center. A new Plaza Deck, more legroom, restrooms, concessions and a huge increase in ADA seating capacity (from 84 seats to 824 seats) are among the new amenities included in the #NewCitrusBowl!