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Crews to begin demolition of Citrus Bowl Wednesday

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Updated: 1/29 10:45 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- The Citrus Bowl will take one large step toward its $200 million makeover when crews start demolition on much of the stadium Wednesday.

Officials said it could take about 45 days to knock down the parts they're getting rid of.

Since the 1930's the Florida Citrus Bowl has been a landmark in Orlando.

The stadium has had its share of expansions and name changes but what's about to happen this time is set to be monumental.

Demolition crews won't be tearing down the entire stadium.

The framework of the upper bowl will be left behind but the lower bowl will be removed to make room for equipment upgrades, more spacious seating and larger concourses.

Between the upper and lower bowls will be new club seating that will have room for about 5,000 ticket holders.

Construction crews will be working quickly because they want to be ready for business by November when the annual Florida Classic football game is scheduled to be held in the refurbished stadium.

City and county leaders said they hope that renovation of the aging facility will attract more big sporting events and the money that comes along, to Orlando.
Steve Hogan, with Florida Citrus Sports, said the renovations will allow his organization to make a pitch for college football's national championship game.
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