This morning I was at the Orlando Citrus Bowl for a major concert announcement – The Rolling Stones are returning to the stadium on Friday, June 12 as part of their 15-city Zip Code Tour. This legendary group, commonly regarded as the “World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” hasn’t been back to Orlando since their Bridge to Babylon tour on December 7, 1997. Their first visit to the stadium was on October 24 and 25, 1981 when they headlined two nights of Rock Super Bowl 12. Collectively, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts have sold over 250 million albums worldwide since the band began 50 years ago.
This is incredibly exciting news for our community because this concert simply would not have happened had we not begun reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus Bowl early last year. One of the core reasons for rebuilding the stadium was to not only retain our signature annual events like the Florida Blue Florida Classic, Russell Athletic Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and Monster Jam, but also to attract new high-profile events like The Rolling Stones. Big events like this not only enhance the quality of life but also have a tremendous economic impact on the local economy.
Since reopening the Orlando Citrus Bowl just four months ago we’ve hosted each of our signature annual events, eight FHSAA Football Championships and welcomed the return of Orlando City Soccer Club for their inaugural MLS season. This summer we’ll host a major international soccer “friendly” between Mexico and Costa Rica while the AutoNation Cure Bowl will make its debut in December. The addition of the Cure Bowl makes the Orlando Citrus Bowl the only stadium in North America that can claim the distinction of hosting three bowl games annually. Our partners at Florida Citrus Sports have also announced the “Kick-Off Classic” in 2016 which will be a neutral-site game featuring FSU and Ole Miss in its inaugural year with different match-ups in subsequent years.
Today’s announcement is further proof that the best is still ahead for this iconic venue. Get ready for another British Invasion, Orlando.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor