Camping World Stadium – Citrus Bowl
There is now a set sextet of bowl games called the New Year’s Six as selected by the College Football Playoff committee. Besides the six bowl games that are part of the College Football Playoff, there are a number of other high level bowl games. The Citrus Bowl is one of the most historic of those secondary contest.
The Citrus Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and is typically played at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The game began play in 1947 as the Tangerine Bowl. Other names the game has been known as include the Florida Citrus Bowl and the Capital One Bowl, not to mention various sponsor name added versions.
Camping World Stadium is ocated in the West Lakes neighborhood of Orlando. It is also home to the Cure Bowl and the Camping World Bowl. The stadium has served as home to UCF Football until 2007 and various football teams such as the Orlando Panthers, Orlando Renegades, Florida Tuskers, and the Orlando Fantasy. Orlando City SC also played soccer here until their own stadium opened and two seperate WrestleMania’s have been held here/
In 2014 major restorations occurred to Camping World Stadium. The stadium’s upper level seating were retained, but the entire lower bowl structure was demolished and replaced. The best part of the remodel is the better seats and the three big video boards.
Historic Tinker Field was located right next to the stadium until it was demolished in 2015. The baseball stadium was previously the spring training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins and the former home park of the minor league Orlando Rays. Although it was on the United States National Register of Historic Places it was torn down to make room for construction changes at the football stadium. The grounds are still home to events such as the Warped Tour and Electric Daisy Carnival. All that remains of Tinker Field are the grass, the clay of the diamond and a flattened pitcher’s mound, although plans for more of a memorial may eventually happen.
Food & Beverage 4
There are many standard concession stands located around the stadium selling the normal wares including burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, popcorn, and soda drinks. The best options may be the Polish sausages, Philly cheese, and foot long corn dogs
There is some higher end indoor club areas, some which include better indoor food seating and several bars. The prices for tickets in this area are dramatically higher than those on the other seating levels.
All higher end bowl games have a pretty good atmosphere. Although the Citrus Bowl is not a game in the College Football Playoffs, the quality of play is quite high. These quality teams usually bring a good deal of fan support along.
The 2018 game was no exception as Notre Dame took on LSU in a cold, rainy game. Even with the rain and low temperatures, for Florida, the crowd and atmosphere held it’s own.
The stadium has large inner and outer concourses that make traffic flow pretty easy to handle inside the stadium.
Camping World Stadium is situated so that there are suburbs to the west and the downtown city center to the east, with major highway I-4 locate just nearby. The actual neighboring streets are a pretty bad neighborhood, but with the influx of fans to the game, the safety of the area is pretty decent on game days. It mau just not be an area you want to hang out in away from game days.
There are plenty of space for tailgating around the stadium. There is also a Fan Fest that was open to everyone located next to the stadium on Tinker Field. The 2018 event was a bit muddy and not the fan experience that it may have been for pre-game enjoyment like it would on better days.
Downtown Orlando is less than half a mile from Camping World Stadium. That area will give you plenty of things to do for pre- and post-game fun. The bulk of things are scattered around the Church Street food and entertainment area. The Lion’s Pride is a great sports bar stop and Schumann’s Jager Haus is another recommended option.
Of course, major destinations such as the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Orlando is located just a few miles down the highway.
Fans show up for New Year’s Day football games. The two universities that took part in the 2018 content are known for bringing the fans to the game. The fans were loud but no one seemed to get rowdy or out of control
Camping World Stadium is easy to get to as its location near I-4 is a major plus. The police and stadium staff handle the traffic loads quite well and directions to the different lots are marked very well.There is plenty of parking near stadium, in both official and makeshift lots. Prices will not be the cheapest but it is a major bowl game on New Year’s Day, so that is to be expected.
The Amway Center near downtown has a good amount of parking. Many fans park there and take a shuttle down to the Citrus Bowl.
Return on Investment 4
This is a New Year’s Day bowl game so tickets will not be cheap, but they are reasonable for what they are. Expect to pay more for those club level seats.
Check out all the tailgate action around the stadium. Make friends out in the parking lot as this is part of what makes a major college bowl game a fun place to attend.
If the participating teams bring along their marching bands make sure to check out where they are marching in from the parking lots. This is another joy of a major football game, as the bands bring a certain livelinesses to the environs.
The Fan Fest on the west side of the stadium grounds is open to all fans. There is music and food located here and can be a fun place for pre-game enjoyment, although the bad weather and slightly muddy grounds dampened the 2018 event.
Take some time to check out the changes to Camping World Stadium over the years. The renovations were dramatic and I found it interesting that the stadium was essentially gutted with only the upper decks remaining as part of the new design. The stadium now has large concourses that are located on ground level.
Camping World Stadium is now a well designed stadium that is a great attraction for hosting major college football games.
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The new-look Citrus Bowl makes the stadium worthy of the game now. Instead of fans wondering if the Outback Bowl or Tax Slayer Bowl would have been a better outing, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is back to being the best bowl of the non-New Year’s Six Games.