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 the decades since, the venue has undergone numerous expansions and several name changes all while playing host to notable sporting events and some of the biggest names in music. The Orlando Citrus Bowl is currently undergoing major reconstruction which will allow the stadium to remain competitive in retaining its signature events while attracting new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and concerts. This $205 million project has been designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhoods and will not interfere with annual events including the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, the Florida Classic and Monster Jam.
Stadium demolition began in early 2014 immediately following Monster Jam, and the project should be 95% complete by mid-November 2014. Upon completion, 80% of the stadium will be new construction. Included among the reconstruction features will be a new exterior facade, 360-degree main concourse, lower bowl seating, club level seating, fan decks, suites, video displays, vertical transportation as well as enhanced team facilities and operations areas. City of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports officials expect the reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact from new events. Click here to view a stadium fact sheet.
- Capital One Bowl
- Russell Athletic Bowl
- Florida Classic (Florida A&M University vs. Bethune-Cookman University)
- Monster Jam
- Orlando City Soccer (USL Pro Champions)
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 1 Citrus Bowl Place, just west of Downtown Orlando.