Orlando’s Camping World Stadium could be set for more upgrades, as officials are floating a proposed $60 million in potential renovations.
Used for the annual Cure Bowl, Citrus Bowl, and Camping World Bowl games–as well as a wide variety of other events–Camping World Stadium did receive a $207 million renovation in recent years. However, financial conditions at the time resulted in some amenities being stripped from the final project, and officials are now considering a plan to work some of those features into the facility.
The proposed Camping World Stadium upgrades are estimated to cost $60 million, and would be backed by the county’s tourist development tax. Should they move forward, the renovations would be aimed at making the stadium more competitive with other venues. More from the Orlando Sentinel:
Four years after a $207-million renovation of the former Citrus Bowl, Central Florida leaders recommended Friday spending another $60 million on new upgrades to the sports-entertainment venue, now known as Camping World Stadium.
“Let’s finish the job,” said Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, who presented the proposal to the Tourist Development Council, an advisory committee that includes Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
Hogan said the proposed upgrades, including more premium seating, were trimmed from the original renovation because of cost concerns and compromises which followed the region’s economic recession in the late 2000’s.
“We want to make it better for fans,” he said. “We want to remain competitive.”
The Tourist Development Council has recommended the proposal, but it has not been finalized. Orange County Commissioners have the final say, and are expected to consider it next month. Should the plan receive final approval, it is anticipated that construction could be completed in 2020.
Though perhaps most associated with college football, Camping World Stadium is used as a venue for major outdoor events in Orlando. That includes the annual NFL Pro Bowl, concerts, various shows and performances, and more. In fact, the stadium is up for consideration as a host venue for 2026 World Cup matches and served as home to MLS’ Orlando City SC before the club opened the new Orlando City Stadium last year.
Image courtesy Camping World Stadium.