July 27, 2007
Florida Citrus Sports announced July 10th that they had reached an agreement with Florida State University to play a neutral site football game in Orlando, pending a renovation of the city’s Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The game, which would pit the Seminoles against a quality non-conference opponent, would be played in either 2012 or 2013, if renovations were completed. Late Thursday night, the reality of this game took a giant step forward.
Orange County leaders approved a $1.1 billion plan for a new arena, performing-arts center and major Florida Citrus Bowl upgrades in downtown Orlando that supporters vowed would bring boundless new jobs and entertainment to the region.
“The passing of this bill is certainly a step in the right direction toward making this game a reality,” Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart said. “It is also very exciting to see the fulfillment of the key vision that former Chief Executive Officer of Florida Citrus Sports, Tom Mickle, had before his unfortunate death. Steve Hogan, the current executive director, has worked very hard and has done a tremendous job of seeing that vision through. This is exciting news for all parties concerned.”