Since it originally opened in 1936 with a capacity of 8,900, Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium not only has expanded to accommodate more than 65,000 people, but it also has earned a reputation as an outstanding college football bowl, sports and entertainment venue. However, time has taken its toll, and the facility can no longer compete with modern standards or expectations. Florida’s Citrus Bowl is undergoing a $162 million reconstruction, featuring a new design by HNTB Corporation. It’s part of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s “Triple Crown for Downtown,” a $1.1-billion plan to redo the Orlando Centroplex with a new $480 million arena for the Orlando Magic, a new $375 million performing arts center and the Citrus Bowl reconstruction. The end result will be a new stadium that the city and the community can promote as a premiere facility on par with Orlando’s other great tourism destinations. As part of a total reimaging of the facility, when complete in 2015, the Citrus Bowl will be a modern entertainment destination for collegiate football Bowl Championship Series events, large venue concerts, monster truck shows, World Cup soccer and other major events. Beginning in early 2014, all stadium structures below the upper decks will be demolished and reconstructed with concrete and pre-cast concrete. The four corner ramps that serve the upper decks also will be demolished and replaced with two (east and west) vertical circulation towers with a series of stairs, escalators and elevators serving all levels of the stadium. A new lower- and mid-level seating bowl will be constructed. HNTB’s design, while continuing to accommodate more than 65,000 people, will add a host of modern amenities, including club and loge seating, stadium clubs, “everyman” club decks, continuous concourses, chair seating at the sideline benches with backs at the end zones, and restroom and concession facilities will be increased from the original design.


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