Capital One Bowl marks last bowl game in old Citrus Bowl facility

By Kristin Giannas, Reporter, kgiannas@clickorlando.com
Published On: Jan 01 2014 09:49:37 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 01 2014 05:20:56 PM EST

For South Carolina and Wisconsin, it would be understandable if the Capital One Bowl had somewhat of a Redemption Bowl feel to it.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

From their gear to the food on the grill, fans brought their very best to the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday.

The New Year's Day matchup between No. 8 Gamecocks and No. 19 Badgers is the last bowl game in the 70-year-old facility.

The Citrus Bowl is getting a $210 million overhaul, according to Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports.

"Everything that you see below these two upper decks, including the ramp ways is going to be gone, scrapped away and built anew below," he said.

Hogan says the concourses, isles, seats, everything that an NFL facility has, will be in Orlando.

Once construction is complete, he hopes the stadium will be the spot for a future National Championship game.

"When you look at how our community sets up, access to hotels, the quality of inventory, high and low, the airport, the proximity to downtown and the stadium, we have the perfect set up of any city really in America to host a national championship," he said.

Gamecock fan Jason Hubbard says even after the improvements to the stadium, he feels the neighborhood around the Citrus Bowl will need some new restaurants and bars, to support the crowds that come along with big games.

"The area would need to be able to support that sort of excitement- these games bring in people for 3, 4 days, they practically live out here, especially a national championship game," he said.

Construction on the stadium is set to begin at the end of January, and Hogan says the project should be 95 percent complete by next year's bowl games.

From their gear to the food on the grill, fans brought their very best to the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday.

The New Year's Day matchup between No. 8 Gamecocks and No. 19 Badgers is the last bowl game in the 70-year-old facility.

The Citrus Bowl is getting a $210 million overhaul, according to Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports.

"Everything that you see below these two upper decks, including the ramp ways is going to be gone, scrapped away and built anew below," he said.

Hogan says the concourses, isles, seats, everything that an NFL facility has, will be in Orlando.

Once construction is complete, he hopes the stadium will be the spot for a future National Championship game.

"When you look at how our community sets up, access to hotels, the quality of inventory, high and low, the airport, the proximity to downtown and the stadium, we have the perfect set up of any city really in America to host a national championship," he said.

Gamecock fan Jason Hubbard says even after the improvements to the stadium, he feels the neighborhood around the Citrus Bowl will need some new restaurants and bars, to support the crowds that come along with big games.

"The area would need to be able to support that sort of excitement- these games bring in people for 3, 4 days, they practically live out here, especially a national championship game," he said.

Construction on the stadium is set to begin at the end of January, and Hogan says the project should be 95 percent complete by next year's bowl games.

From their gear to the food on the grill, fans brought their very best to the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday.

The New Year's Day matchup between No. 8 Gamecocks and No. 19 Badgers is the last bowl game in the 70-year-old facility.

The Citrus Bowl is getting a $210 million overhaul, according to Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports.

"Everything that you see below these two upper decks, including the ramp ways is going to be gone, scrapped away and built anew below," he said.

Hogan says the concourses, isles, seats, everything that an NFL facility has, will be in Orlando.

Once construction is complete, he hopes the stadium will be the spot for a future National Championship game.

"When you look at how our community sets up, access to hotels, the quality of inventory, high and low, the airport, the proximity to downtown and the stadium, we have the perfect set up of any city really in America to host a national championship," he said.

Gamecock fan Jason Hubbard says even after the improvements to the stadium, he feels the neighborhood around the Citrus Bowl will need some new restaurants and bars, to support the crowds that come along with big games.

"The area would need to be able to support that sort of excitement- these games bring in people for 3, 4 days, they practically live out here, especially a national championship game," he said.

Construction on the stadium is set to begin at the end of January, and Hogan says the project should be 95 percent complete by next year's bowl games.

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