The City of Orlando released early architectural renderings of the outside of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium this week, showing various options for the upcoming reconstruction project.
These renderings are the first step in the design process and do not yet account for cost or final design elements.
The next step will be to evaluate cost and demand for such features included in the various design options.
The Florida Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. It opened as Orlando Stadium in 1936 with a capacity of 8,900. The stadium currently seats approximately 70,000 and is home of the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, historic Florida Classic (Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University), MEAC/SWAC, Monster Jam and 2011 USL Pro Soccer Champions - Orlando City Lions. The stadium has hosted FIFA World Cup soccer matches, Rock Superbowls and Wrestlemania XXIV.
The reconstruction of the Florida Citrus Bowl is part of a larger effort to bring new Community Venues to the Central Florida community, including the Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The City of Orlando completed a first phase of renovations in 2010 with improvements that included structural work, lighting and technology that has allowed the Florida Citrus Bowl to remain competitive in attracting world-class events and bowl games. In June 2012, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs laid out a plan that allowed for the design for the Florida Citrus Bowl renovations to begin immediately.