The City of Orlando in the US has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the renovation of the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium, which is expected to cost $175m.
Construction companies are requested to submit their proposals by 16 January 2013, and the city expects to select the winner in February.
In June 2012, the City of Orlando and Orange County in Florida signed a deal to renovate the 76-year-old stadium.
The stadium currently hosts sporting events like the Capital One and Russell Athletic Bowls, and after the renovation the stadium will be able to host larger sporting events.
The renovated 65,000-seat stadium will feature new suites, about 8,000 club seats, more restrooms, concession stands, and new banquet and ballroom spaces.
Under the plans, the lower bowl of the stadium will be completely replaced, while the recently implemented upper decks will be retained.
The stadium renovation project will be carried out in conjunction with the Church Street renovation, which will regenerate the area from downtown to the stadium and includes the $615m new Sun Rail transit system to improve transportation in the area.
A plan to fund the renovations was originally signed between Orlando and Orange County in 2007, including funding for the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and the new Amway Center.
While signing the agreement, the City and County said that they will establish two reserve funds to cover bond payments if there are no surplus Tourist Development Tax (TDT) funds.
The construction phase of the project is expected to start in the third quarter of 2013 and complete in December 2014.
The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium was originally constructed in 1936, with an initial capacity for 8,900 spectators.
Image: After renovation, the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium will feature new suites, about 8,000 club seats, and more restrooms. Photo: Chris Gent.