The Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium began its storied history in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000. At that time it was known as Orlando Stadium. In 1947, the 10,000 seat stadium was renamed the Tangerine Bowl and the first college football bowl game was played there on January 1, 1947. In the years since, the stadium has played host to countless high school, collegiate and professional football games including everything from University of Central Florida football games from 1979-2006, NFL preseason games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets and several neutral-field, regular season college games. The stadium has also hosted numerous “Rock Superbowls” featuring legendary artists The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eagles, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney along with its highest-attended event ever – Wrestlemania XXIV in March 2008.
In 2014, the historic stadium underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl’s ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact.
- Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
- Russell Athletic Bowl
- AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital
- Florida Blue Florida Classic (Florida A&M University vs. Bethune-Cookman University)
- Monster Jam
- Orlando City Soccer Club (MLS)
Former stadium names
- Orlando Stadium (1936-1946)
- Tangerine Bowl (1947-1975)
- Citrus Bowl (1976)
- Orlando Stadium (1977-1982)
- Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2014)
Located at 1610 West Church Street, just west of Downtown Orlando.