Demolition for Florida Citrus Bowl Reconstruction Begins Next Month

Citrus Bowl Rendering — Sketch

Demolition of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium will begin at the end of January following Monster Jam.

Pre-construction work is already underway on the new Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium reconstruction will cost just under $200 million and will be approximately 80% new. The main part being kept from the existing stadium is the 300 level seats.

“Among the reconstruction highlights will be a new exterior look and entry points, 360-degree main concourse, lower bowl seating, club level seating, fan decks, suites, video displays, vertical transportation along with enhanced team facilities and operations areas,” Allen Johnson, Executive Director of Orlando Venues told Bungalower.

The final stadium will have 56,000 seats with an ability to increase to 65,000 seats with temporary seating.

The goal is to keep the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium competitive with other football stadiums across the country to continue to host the existing game and events but also increase the amount and size of events.

“The reconstruction of the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium is vitally important to the Central Florida region because it will allow us to remain competitive with our outstanding annual games – the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl and the Florida Classic – while attracting new high-profile events like neutral site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and concerts. Each of these events have a tremendous economic impact on our region,” Johnson said.

The estimated final completion is April 2015 but the Venues team is working so that there is little to no interruption from a scheduling stand point of the key annual events that take place in the Citrus Bowl.

“We have an extremely tight construction window but we’re anticipating 95% completion by mid-November 2014, just in time for next year’s Florida Classic,” Johnson said.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the construction on Bungalower.com.

Here’s a look at some of the current renderings for the reconstruction including seating plans (click on image to open larger image):

Citrus Bowl Rendering — New North

Citrus Bowl Rendering — New East

Citrus Bowl Rendering — New South

Citrus Bowl Rendering — New West

Citrus Bowl Rendering — Theme Quadrants

Citrus Bowl Rendering — Theme - North East

Citrus Bowl Rendering — Seating Plan

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