June 2021Digital Newsletter

June has arrived and so have some major dates on the Florida Citrus Sports event calendar!

For the latest FCS news and more on how you can get involved and make an impact in your community, continue below or visit  FloridaCitrusSports.com.

News & Notes

Teams and Dates Set for 2021 Florida Cup

The lineup for the 2021 Florida Cup is complete, with historic English Premier League sides Arsenal and Everton joining Italy’s reigning Serie A Champions Inter Milan and Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC for a pair of doubleheaders at Camping World Stadium July 25 and 28. Learn more.

All matches will be played in the evening, and kickoff times will be finalized soon. Single-day tickets for either date include both contests. Two-day passes, featuring all four games, are also available starting at $113 plus taxes and fees.

2021-2022 Bowl Slate Announced

Game dates and kickoff times for Orlando’s Cheez-It Bowl and Vrbo Citrus Bowl games were announced in late May as part of ESPN’s 2021-22 college football schedule release.

You can get tickets for both postseason matchups today exclusively through a Florida Citrus Sports membership. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public later this year. Premium and group opportunities are also available. Learn More.

The Stadium Tour Rescheduled for 2022

The Stadium Tour, featuring Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, has been rescheduled for June 19, 2022. All tickets purchased for the previously postponed dates will be honored on the new date. Learn More.

Florida Cup Staff, Board Among Executive of the Year Finalists at 2021 SPORTYS

Florida Cup CEO Ricardo Villar is one of 10 finalists for the Executive of the Year honor at this year’s SPORTYS, where he’s joined by Florida Citrus Sports board members Faron Kelley, of ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Craig Borkon, of Orlando Venues.

The annual awards show, hosted by the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, honors sports business professionals whose contributions and impact are vital in making our community one of the country’s premier sports destinations. To find out who wins, tune in Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m. ET on WKMG-TV News 6. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Florida Cup Semifinals Doubleheader

Sunday, July 25 | Evening (TBD) | Camping World Stadium

The first night of action features an exciting set of matches, including a contest between 2020-21 Serie A champions Inter Milan and 2020 FA Cup winners Arsenal of the English Premier League. The evening’s other match will pit historic Everton, also of the Premier League, against Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC. The single-day ticket grants admission to both games of the doubleheader.

Florida Cup Championship Doubleheader

Wednesday, July 28 | Evening (TBD) | Camping World Stadium

The two semifinal winners will meet for the Florida Cup title, with the remaining two clubs facing off in the night’s other match. The single-day ticket grants admission to both games of the doubleheader.

Community Spotlight

Familiar Faces Headline Leadership Orlando Class 100

Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, executive committee Chairman Ken Robinson (Dr. Phillips Charities), board member Sandy Hostetter (Truist) and Lift Orlando President Eddy Moratin are among ten community leaders serving as co-chairs of Leadership’s Class 100, which kicked off on May 12.

Leadership Orlando is the largest community leadership program in America, and this latest class will participate in nine full-day sessions over eight months examining Orlando’s most current and pressing topics, opportunities, and challenges. Learn More.

West Lakes Approved to Join Orlando’s Main Street District Program

Last month, the Orlando City Council voted to add West Lakes to its roster of Main Street and Market Street Districts, making the neighborhoods surrounding Camping World Stadium the 11th such district to earn that exciting designation.

The new West Lakes Market Street District — containing more than 200 businesses — which is hiring a dedicated program manager, includes the neighborhoods of Clear Lake Bunche Manor/Hollando, Clear Lake Cove, Lorna Doone, Luola Terrace/Lake Sunset and Rock Lake. Learn more.

Tony Jenkins Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Florida Blue Central Florida Market President and Florida Citrus Sports Executive Board Member Tony Jenkins who was honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Orlando Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Awards last week! Learn more.

Barker Park Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the West Lakes community hosts a community farmers market at nearby Barker Park. This resident-run market features fresh produce, prepared foods and other must-have items from locally-owned businesses. Learn more.

Partner Spotlight

In addition to the honorees listed earlier, Kellogg’s Cheez-It® brand and Florida Citrus Sports have also been named SPORTYS finalists, with the Cheez-It Bowl’s “Wheel Live Fans” among four nominees vying for this year’s Sponsorship Activation of the Year award.

With in-person attendance limited for the event, Cheez-It and Florida Citrus Sports looked for ways to utilize some of the available real estate at Camping World Stadium to provide additional excitement, entertainment and engagement before, during and after the game. The result? Hundreds of static and animatronic cheese wheels that had fans talking all game long! Learn more.​​

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