Florida State to Play Neutral Site Game in Orlando
Florida State University has reached an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to play a neutral site football game in Orlando, pending a renovation of the cityï¿½s Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The game, which would pit the Seminoles against a quality non-conference opponent, would be played in either 2012 or 2013.
ï¿½Weï¿½re excited about the opportunity to play a game in an important Florida market such as Orlando,ï¿½ said FSU Athletics Director Dave Hart. ï¿½The economics and fan experience available in the planned renovations make this possible. Weï¿½d be proud to be one of the first teams to play in an upgraded Citrus Bowl.ï¿½
The Seminoles will go on the road for a neutral site game this fall, playing against Alabama on September 29 in Jacksonville, Fla., drawing tens of thousands of visitors to that market. FCSports hopes that a game of similar magnitude will be coming to Orlando. Although details of the prospective game will not be finalized until later this summer, the game would be a coup for Central Floridians and area businesses.
ï¿½This is exactly the type of major game that we used to enjoy in Orlando when our stadium was competitive,ï¿½ said Steve Hogan, Florida Citrus Sports executive director. ï¿½I think it proves what a renovated venue will do for our community, especially considering Orlandoï¿½s drawing power as a destination city.ï¿½
Florida State opens the 2007 season at ACC-rival Clemson on Memorial Day, September 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. The Seminoles return 58 letterwinners from last year’s squad and will have a new look offensively with several new coaches on staff including offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jimbo Fisher, offensive line coach Rick Trickett, running backs coach Dexter Carter and wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.