The Florida Citrus Bowl will undergo a $175 million renovation that Orlando officials hope will make the stadium more attractive as a potential host site for the newly proposed four-team college football playoffs. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs announced the plan Monday.
"I think our community, if we have the right facilities, can host anything that the world has to offer,'' Dyer said. "We have the best arena in the entire world. I'm not promising the best stadium, but we will have a B-plus, A-minus stadium that we can host just about anything that can be hosted in a stadium.
"So between those two facilities and the convention center, there isn't anything that we can't compete for.''
The 76-year-old facility currently plays host to the Capital One Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl each season. The Citrus Bowl was not mentioned as one of the six potential host sites expected to be recommended by conference commissioners to college presidents Tuesday.
Bonds for the current renovation plan are expected to be issued in 2014, with construction beginning in January or February of that year. A plan to fund renovations began in 2007, but money quickly dried up in the ensuing national economic downturn.