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Gators and ‘Canes To Meet In Orlando For 2019 Camping World Kickoff

The Florida Gators will play the Miami Hurricanes in the 2019 Camping World Kickoff game. The neutral-site, season-opening match-up was officially confirmed today after months of speculation. The 2019 matchup is the third announced Camping World Kickoff in a multi-year agreement between Camping World, Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) and ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, to host major neutral-site regular-season games in Camping World Stadium. The stadium is already home to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl […]

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Camping World Signs On As Title Sponsor Of Stadium, Kickoff

Camping World is the new title sponsor of Orlando’s football stadium and the upcoming kickoff game series. Effective immediately, the stadium formerly known as the Citrus Bowl, will be known as Camping World Stadium thanks to a new, long-term exclusive agreement as the stadium’s new naming rights partner.  In addition, Camping World will be a multi-year sponsor of the series of early season neutral-site football games debuting this Labor Day which will be named the “Camping World Kickoff.” “We’re proud […]

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Florida State To Play 2016 Spring Game in Orlando

Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced today that the Seminoles will play their 2016 spring football game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.  FSU has partnered with Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) for the game scheduled for Saturday, April 9, with kick off set for 5:00 p.m.  Florida State’s Marketing and Promotions Office, The Seminole Boosters and FCSports will sponsor a number of events surrounding the game, including a Block Party on Friday evening similar to the one held […]

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ESPN, Florida Citrus Sports Team Up For Orlando Kickoff Game; Florida State vs. Ole Miss in 2016

The Florida State Seminoles will play the Ole Miss Rebels in the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium on Labor Day, 2016. The neutral-site season-opening game on the evening of Monday, Sept. 5, will be televised nationally by ESPN as the first of an annual Orlando Kickoff game. “We’re excited to bring regular season neutral-site college football games back to the Citrus Bowl stadium and establish Orlando as a major kickoff destination for the future,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. […]

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Steve Hogan Receives 2014 Dick Pope Legacy Award

Florida Citrus Sports Chief Executive Officer Steve Hogan was named an honoree for the 2014 Dick Pope Legacy Awards.  He is one of four community leaders recognized by Orlando’s Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events.  This year’s awards will be presented during the Grand Tour Gala on Saturday, November 1 at The Hilton Orlando Resort. The Dick Pope Legacy Award honors leaders who reinforce the sustainability of Florida’s hospitality and tourism industries.  The award was named after […]

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Steve Hogan Recognized Among Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs Of The Year

Florida Citrus Sports Chief Executive Officer Steve Hogan was recently named as one of Orlando Business Journal’s “CEO of the Year” honorees.  He is one of 30 Central Florida CEOs recognized by the publication at an October 10 awards luncheon and the accompanying issue of the newspaper. Hogan has served FCSports for more than 10 years in a leadership role, currently overseeing every aspect of the organization. Among his most notable accomplishments was the successful negotiation of new lease terms […]

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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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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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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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Capital One Bowl Extends Agreement With Big Ten Conference

Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, President Tony Massey and Big Ten Conference Commissioner James E. Delany announced an extended partnership agreement for Orlando’s Capital One Bowl, maintaining the game’s traditional relationship through the 2019-20 season. Under the extended agreement, the New Year’s Day Classic will select an eligible Big Ten team immediately after the conference’s participants in the Rose Bowl and/or College Football Playoff are identified, when the new system takes effect in the 2014-15 campaign. “One of college […]

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