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Orlando moving ahead, Miami stalled

Differing fortunes for Orlando and Miami stadium projects in the past few days. Orlando’s city commissioners has picked Turner Construction as the general contractor for the new Citrus Bowl at a cost of between $175 million and $200 million. Allen Johnson, the city’s Venues Director. said:

This is an exciting time. We really have an opportunity to develop a new stadium.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ proposal for public money for a stadium upgrade was turned down last week in a vote by the state Legislature. Owner Stephen Ross believes $350 million in stadium improvements are needed and he has ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The plan for the Citrus Bowl calls for demolition and reconstruction to take place in 2014 between the Florida Classic in November, football bowl games in December and January and the Monster Jam motorsports event in late January 2015.

The renovation includes replacement of the lower seating bowl and construction of new club levels on each side, with 5,000 to 6,000 premium club seats. The stadium will have wider concourses, new concessions, restrooms, kitchens and locker rooms, a new video scoreboard, a new façade and technology upgrades.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.