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Aug 06, 2015

Alabama, Louisville to meet in the 2018 Orlando Kickoff

The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Louisville Cardinals in the Orlando Kickoff game during college football’s opening weekend in 2018. The neutral-site season opener is the second announced game in a multi-year agreement between Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) and ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, to host major neutral-site, regular-season college football games in the Orlando Citrus Bowl. “This game continues a trend of big-time events landing in the brand-new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium,” said FCSports President Harold Mills. […]

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Jan 28, 2015

A Year To Remember for Florida Citrus Sports

The 2014-15 bowl season was the culmination of one of the most important and challenging years in the history of Florida Citrus Sports. Together as a staff and a team of community leaders and volunteers, we were tasked with operating our events – including three signature football games – in the midst of a near-complete reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. The first year of the new College Football Playoff era presented new and unique changes across all of […]

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Sep 06, 2014

Citrus Bowl Progress Continues On; First Video Board Is Installed

The new Orlando Citrus Bowl is materializing with each passing day. Perhaps one of the most exciting signs of progress this month is the construction of the first of five video display boards that will eventually be positioned throughout the stadium. In late August, initial construction began on the largest of the new boards. Sized at 38 feet high by 150 feet wide, the main video board sits above the south end zone and will feature over 3000 square feet […]

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Jul 25, 2014

Media Tour New Orlando Citrus Bowl As First Seats Installed

Mayor Buddy Dyer welcomed local media on Friday, July 25, for their first tour of the new Orlando Citrus Bowl as reconstruction continues on pace for substantial completion by November. Following last month’s “Forward Progress To The 50” celebration, installation of the precast concrete for the new stadium lower bowl is nearly complete, finishing with the new 20,000-square-foot plaza deck in the north end zone. Friday’s tour did not extend to the deck as work continues in that area, but […]

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Jun 04, 2014

Orlando Citrus Bowl Celebrates “Forward Progress To The 50

On Wednesday, June 4, Orlando officials, construction workers and the Florida Citrus Sports staff celebrated the latest construction milestone for Orlando Citrus Bowl reconstruction, as the installation of precast conrete for the new lower bowl has reached the halfway point. The “Forward Progress To the 50” event featured brief remarks from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and FCSports CEO Steve Hogan. Staff and construction workers in attendance were also invited to sign a piece of the […]

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May 13, 2014

2014-15 Membership Opens; First Access To Bowl Games In The New Citrus Bowl

Ticket packages for the first bowl games in the newly-rebuilt Orlando Citrus Bowl are on sale today. The packages are available via Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) membership, which includes priority access to the best seats in the house for the annual college football games, the Capital One Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl. Members will be among the first to enjoy all of the amenities of the new stadium which dramatically transform the gameday experience with wider aisles, seats with more […]

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Feb 03, 2014

Whitley Writes: The Citrus Bowl Is Dead, Long Live The Citrus Bowl

Wherever he was at 10:29 a.m. on January 29th, Mick Jagger probably felt a mysterious tug of nostalgia. That’s when the countdown started and couple of hundred people at the Citrus Bowl looked toward the north. 5…4…3…2…1…Ka-BOOM! Talk about an exploding scoreboard. This one really did have its legs blown out. As it crashed to the ground, fireworks went off and “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC blared over the loud speakers. That band never actually played the Citrus Bowl, though it seemed […]

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Jan 30, 2014

Video of Early Citrus Bowl Demolition Progress

A brief recap of the early days of Citrus Bowl demolition, including the Wednesday kickoff event:

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Jan 29, 2014

Citrus Bowl Reconstruction Begins

On Wednesday morning, officials from the City of Orlando, Orange County and Florida Citrus Sports joined together to kick off reconstruction of the Citrus Bowl with a demolition ceremony on the field of the historic stadium. At the event, FCSports CEO Steve Hogan and President Tony Massey presented Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs with gifts — mounted sledgehammers commemorating the date of the event — in recognition of their hard work to make the stadium […]

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Oct 15, 2010

Feast On The 50 Holds First FCSports Event On New Turf

Over 2500 Florida Citrus Sports members and guests took to the field of the Florida Citrus Bowl tonight for the Feast on the 50, an annual tailgate celebration on the field of Orlando’s historic stadium. The event featured food from Collins Catering, Port-a-Pit Barbecue, and Carraba’s, plus drinks from City Beverages.  An event high 25 alumni groups from Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and Big East schools showed their spirit with festive tents. The kids’ section was complete with a bounce house, […]

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