ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Numerous times as he led media members on a hard-hat tour of the new Citrus Bowl on July 25, Mayor Buddy Dyer touted the amenities that will provide “a great gameday experience” for spectators.
Then Mayor Dyer went hands on to install one of the many features that will make the facility, which is currently undergoing reconstruction, one of the best in the nation.
Along with Ernest Jones Jr., a Parramore resident who is working on the stadium through the City’s BLUEPRINT Employment Office, the Mayor, participating in a work-a-long, installed the first seats in the new lower bowl.
“It was nice to work alongside Ernest Jones. It feels great to get those first two seats in,” Mayor Dyer said. “We have amenities for every ticket level. We will have new premium areas that will be great.”
All 40,000 seats in the lower bowl will have chair backs and each row will have an additional six inches of legroom. The stadium will have 5,000 sideline club seats, with an additional 1,000 club seats in the south end zone. Thirty-three suites, with seating for more than 1,000, are also being constructed.
Once completed, the Citrus Bowl will have a capacity of 65,000. Demolition of the lower bowl began in late January and the midpoint of precast concrete bowl construction was reached in early June. The Citrus Bowl will be game ready for its first event, the Florida Blue Classic featuring the Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M football teams, on November 22.
Field installation will begin in October. The venue will offer improved fan service with additional restrooms, concessions and elevators and a new video display featuring more than 2.8 million LED lights.
More than 50 media members joined Mayor Dyer for the tour, as did District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill and Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan.