ORLANDO, Fla. – Another outstanding college football bowl season at Camping World Stadium is in the books. Another series of wonderful Florida High School Athletic Association football state championship games have been played in Orlando.
What a December it was for our stadium.
Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan was thrilled for the community after the organization’s second bowl game – one of three held in the facility this past month.
“I’m just happy for Orlando,” Hogan said. “You look at everything that’s happening in our community and sports is just one part of it. It’s a payoff for those who cared about the venues in general.”
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron may have summed it up best in the early afternoon on New Year’s Eve. Orgeron is usually colorful and plentiful with his Cajun-influenced style. But on this occasion, when asked about his team’s experience at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, he was succinct and to the point.
“It was beautiful,” Orgeron said.
As the calendar moves into a new year, it would historically be time for Camping World Stadium and Florida Citrus Sports to turn its attention to the coming year’s community support and next Fall and Winter events.
Not so in 2017 or 2018.
Later this month, Camping World Stadium will play host to the NFL’s Pro Bowl for the first time ever. Orlando will host the game again after next season, as well. This Jan. 29, AFC and NFC superstars such as Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Dak Prescott and Orlando’s own Ha Ha Clinton-Dix have all been selected and named to the Pro Bowl rosters, most of which should make the trip to Orlando.
The NFL was looking for a partner to help create more “meaningful celebration of the best in our game,” said NFL Senior Vice President Peter O’Reilly.
Enter Florida Citrus Sports and Hogan, who had been pitching the NFL on Orlando and Camping World Stadium for some time, even before the recent renovations to the stadium were completed.
“From the beginning, working with Steve (Hogan), you had somebody who understood our vision and bought into our vision and had the ability to rally all the key stakeholders necessary to make this a reality,” O’Reilly told the Orlando Sentinel’s Signature Magazine.
While they were searching for a new city to hold the game and create that celebration, they were also focused on young people.
“We saw in Orlando clearly a family-friendly, youthful destination,” O’Reilly said. “It’s young people seeing our biggest stars and not just on the field but throughout the week.”
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