Portions of Citrus Bowl to be demolished for reconstruction

Portions of Citrus Bowl to be demolished for reconstruction

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There will be a demolition ceremony at the Florida Citrus Bowl later this month, to clear the way for a $200 million reconstruction project at the 77-year-old venue. City and county officials are inviting the public to attend the free event at 10 a.m. on January 29.

Eighty percent of the existing stadium will be demolished and reconstructed with a new exterior look and new entry points. In addtion, a 360-degree Main Concourse will be added with improved queuing areas.

The new stadium will have added seating capabilities as well. There will be seating in a lower bowl, including individual seats on the sidelines and bleacher seats with backs in the end zones. There will be a new club level, including a combination of enclosed and open-air clubs and fan decks, and new suites will be added on the west side of the stadium.

When finished, the new Citrus Bowl will have 56,000 seats with an ability to increase to 65,000 seats with temporary seating, and many of those seats will have an extra six inches of leg room.

Other reconstruction highlights include new team facilities and operations areas on Main Concourse, a new kitchen, and technological enhancements.

The city hopes to reopen the new Citrus Bowl in time for the Florida Classic in November.

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