July 10, 2007
Florida State University has reached an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports 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.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play a game in an important Florida market such as Orlando,” said FSU Athletics Director Dave Hart. “The economics and fan experience available in the planned renovations make this possible. We’d be proud to be one of the first teams to play in an upgraded Citrus Bowl.”
The Seminoles will go on the road for a neutral site game this fall, playing against Alabama on September 29 in Jacksonville, Fla., drawing tens of thousands of visitors to that market. FCSports hopes that a game of similar magnitude will be coming to Orlando. Although details of the prospective game will not be finalized until later this summer, the game would be a coup for Central Floridians and area businesses.
“This is exactly the type of major game that we used to enjoy in Orlando when our stadium was competitive,” said Steve Hogan, Florida Citrus Sports executive director. “I think it proves what a renovated venue will do for our community, especially considering Orlando’s drawing power as a destination city.”
Florida State opens the 2007 season at ACC-rival Clemson on Memorial Day, September 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. The Seminoles return 58 letterwinners from last year’s squad and will have a new look offensively with several new coaches on staff including offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jimbo Fisher, offensive line coach Rick Trickett, running backs coach Dexter Carter and wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
Florida Citrus Sports (www.FCSports.com) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing community spirit and pride, promoting tourism, stimulating economic development and ultimately benefiting charities, educational institutions and the quality of life in Central Florida through its four signature events: The Capital One Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, the Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines and the OUC Half Marathon and 5K.