In 2014, Orlando's Citrus Bowl Stadium was rebuilt into a state-of-the-art venue capable of hosting world-class events. About 90% of the stadium was torn down and replaced between January 29 and November 19, including portions that have stood since its original construction in 1937. Only the upper decks, which were added in 1990 and remain viable as part of a modern facility, remained.
The new Citrus Bowl offers an enhanced fan experience at every level, with wider, chair-back seating, new concessions areas and restrooms, and new club and premium spaces throughout the building.
Scheduled for 100% completion in April 2015, the stadium is now open for business and capable of hosting its traditional events including the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Florida Blue Florida Classic and Monster Jam. In addition, the new venue will allow Orlando to pursue more high-profile sports tourism events such as neutral-site college football games, NFL preseason games, international soccer matches, big-name concerts and more. The first new high-profile event has already been announced: the Orlando Kickoff game, a college football showdown in the opening weekend of the regular season that begins on Labor Day 2016 with Florida State vs. Ole Miss.