Barton Malow will serve as the contractor on upcoming Camping World Stadium renovations, as Orlando officials opt to bring the experienced firm aboard the project.
Camping World Stadium is set to receive $60 million in renovations, which is expected to address a variety of areas that were scrapped during the planning of what was ultimately a $207-million project completed several years ago. The goal is to build off the renovations completed over that series of improvements while carrying out projects in a few areas of the facility, including overhauls to concession and restroom facilities in the upper level, parking lot upgrades, club level improvements, and more.
In a step that helps move the project forward, Orlando City Commissioners voted Monday to select Barton Malow as the contractor for the renovations. The firm has been involved in a variety of professional and collegiate sports facility projects over the years, including renovations to Michigan Stadium and the Rose Bowl, and will now be tasked with helping Orlando officials realize their vision for the upcoming Camping World Stadium improvements. More from ClickOrlando.com:
[Mayor Buddy] Dyer, who pushed for the previous renovations which included demolishing most of the lower bowl and modernizing almost the entire stadium, said those upgrades brought in high-profile events and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the community.
“When we originally did the renovation to what’s now called Camping World Stadium, the original proposal was $230, $240 million and we ended up doing about $207 million dollars so there were some things we weren’t able to accomplish,” Dyer said. “So we’re coming back, the county has allocated $60 million additional through the Tourist Development Tax, so we’ll do some things like closing in the northern end zone where the party deck was which hasn’t worked out in a way that we thought it would. We’ll enhance the club space, there are always things with technology that you have to enhance just about every year, then, of course, some of the parking areas we will improve them.”
Camping World Stadium is active facility for events such as college football games, concerts, the NFL Pro Bowl—which will return for the fourth-straight time in January—Monster Jam and more. Orlando officials are hoping that the upcoming renovations will further modernize Camping World Stadium while helping to lure more events there in the future, with the 2026 World Cup among the biggest goals. The renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2020, with the stadium remaining operational as construction unfolds.
Image courtesy Camping World Stadium.