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Russell Athletic Bowl Event Guide

Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium

The Russell Athletic Bowl is played at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The stadium, which is owned and operated by the City of Orlando, also hosts many other events including the Capital One Bowl.

The Citrus Bowl has a long history. Built in 1936, it originally held 10,000 fans. It has since been expanded four times with the last increase in seating capacity occurring in 1989. In its present configuration, it can hold up to 70,000 patrons. The City of Orlando and Orange County have allocated $175 million towards the first-ever total renovation of the 70-year old stadium.

The project involves major reconstruction during which only the two modern upper decks will stay. Every other aspect and area of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium will be rebuilt from scratch. The project is due to be completed on 2012.

Florida Citrus Bowl Club Suites

The Club Suites at this venue offer numerous benefits, including first-rate parking, a canopied entrance and a private, upscale elevator that delivers patrons directly to the club level. At the club level, fans find an amazing panoramic view of the Orlando skyline, a tiled reception lounge and areas where they can relax.

Each club suite is exceptionally outfitted. Concise climate control or open-air suites are offered. Each suite, which contains a minimum of 15 seats, has an extraordinary view of the field. Here's a list of what you'll find at the club level.

  • Private bathroom.
  • Private catering (at additional cost).
  • Private elevator access.
  • Concierge and event security.
  • Minimum of three reserved premier parking spaces.
  • Wet bar with various appliances.
  • Comfortable seating areas beautifully appointed.
  • Two televisions with cable.
  • Adjustable intercom sound system for crowd noise and PA's
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and Russell Athletic Bowl Location, Accessibility and Rules

1610 W. Church St., Orlando, Florida 32805.

Public Parking:
There are numerous parking lots located at the venue. All stadium lots are open with a majority of the spaces being reserved for permit parking, recreational vehicles, charter buses, and disabled patrons and a limited number of public parking spaces. In order to access a lot in the immediate area of the stadium, patrons must purchase a parking permit in advance. These permits go quickly and always sell out. There are also city-run lots in the vicinity, which open at 10 a.m.

Recreational Vehicles:
Parking is in Lot B. All tow vehicles require a standard car permit. There are no hookups, facilities or dump stations. Dumping in the stadium lots is prohibited. The nearby Central Florida Fairgrounds have RV facilities for extended stays.

Charter Bus Parking:
Charter bus parking is available at the cost of $50 on the day of the game. In order to utilize the bus spaces an Advance Parking Permit purchase is required. Bus parking is available starting at 10 a.m. on Church Street, Colyer Street, and Long Street.

Disabled Patron Parking:
Disability parking may only be accessed with an Advance Parking Permit. The Disabled Lots are Lots H and L and may be used only if your vehicle has an official state-issued disability parking permit or pass and the Bowl Parking Permit. These are both mandatory for admission to Disabled Parking.

(Please note: ALL shuttle information is subject to change.) Free shuttle service for football fans is provided by the City of Orlando for those going to the game from the various satellite parking areas. Parking in surface lots and parking garages is a good idea since stadium lots fill quickly and the shuttle makes it easy to access the stadium. Free shuttle service for the Champs Sports Bowl starts at 5:30 p.m. There is also a Central Florida Fairgrounds Shuttle from 4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. The Fairgrounds Shuttle leaves from the Central Florida Fairgrounds and drops off at Tampa and Long.

Prohibited Items:
Various items are prohibited by the the City of Orlando and FCSports. These items are prohibited in order to help ensure public safety. The following items may not be brought into the stadium: fanny-packs, backpacks, carry bags, coolers, thermos type containers, alcoholic beverages, drugs, food, water, drinks, bottles, cans, video or audio recorders, balls, Frisbees, umbrellas and noisemakers (air horns, bells, flags on sticks 15 inches or more in length, whistles, sirens, etc.). Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any item at any time and prohibit or confiscate any item deemed inappropriate.
Gate Information: All bags being brought into the stadium are subject to inspection. Fans should arrive early in order to expedite entry. Each ticket has a gate location indicated on it. In order to reach your seat in the quickest and easiest manner, please enter through the appropriate gate. Gates will be open two hours prior to game time.

Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the stadium. Alcoholic beverages are sold in the stadium until the end of quarter three. Fans wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages should be ready to present proper age identification.

ATMs: ATMs are located inside the stadium in the south end zone concourse and outside the stadium in front of Gates C and D. Three ATMs are also located at the West Breezeway.

Disabled and Mobility Impaired Seating:
Those with disabilities or who have impaired mobility should enter the stadium through either Gate C or D (whichever gate is indicated on your ticket). There are platforms and stadium rows that are reserved for wheelchair-bound and mobility-impaired fans. Space is limited and in order to use these areas a reserved ticket is required. In the designated areas, one attendant may sit with a disabled or mobility-impaired person.

First Aid:
Emergency medical services are available at the First Aid Room located in Citrus Bowl Centre next to Service Gate D (closest seat section is 223). There are also roving emergency medical personnel patrolling the stands during the game. For assistance, contact an usher or security person immediately.

Lost and Found:
Lost and Found items are held at the stadium manager's office on the west-side, ground-level concourse near Section 129. Any found articles should be given to an usher or brought to the stadium manager's office. After the game, fans should call the Stadium Office for lost items.

Once admitted to the venue, there is no re-entry for a patron if they exit the stadium.

There is no smoking in the stadium seating areas.

Tailgating is permitted in City of Orlando lots. Tailgaters may only use the space in which they are parked. Care should be taken to avoid blocking or inhibiting traffic arriving parking in adjacent spaces. All spaces in lots are reserved for vehicles.

Children who have not reached their second birthday may be admitted to the game without a ticket. All other persons must possess a ticket in order to be admitted to the bowl game. Lost, stolen or destroyed tickets will not be replaced.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium.

If you have a request, problem, complaint or emergency, please contact the nearest stadium usher for assistance. Stadium ushers serve the needs the spectators.

Will Call (Public): "Will Call" windows for the pick-up of tickets are located at Gate D in the southwest corner of the venue. Will Call ticket windows open two (2) hours prior to the 8 p.m. kickoff. Tickets will not be released without proper picture identification.


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Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney really did set the tone for Orlando so many years ago when he brought Disneyland to the East Coast and created Disney World. The Magic Kingdom with its signature rides, fine entertainment and all-around polished, one-of-a-kind Disney atmosphere is always worth a visit. Location: Magic Kingdom Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Telephone: (407) 939-1289. URL: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/

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Eats and Drinks

Pre-game Eats

The Jazzy Dog Café: Located across from the downtown AMTRAK station, the specialty of the house is the hot dog, which can be had with over 40 different toppings. N.Y. Style Cafe knishes, baked and sweet Potatoes, beer chicken wings, hefty burgers, greaseless fries, giant soft pretzels, hot pastrami sandwiches and daily specials are all on the menu. This is a great local place! Location: 1311 Sligh Blvd, Orlando, FL, 32806. Telephone: (407) 428-0633. URL: ‎https://twitter.com/jazzydogcafe

Kres Chophouse and Lounge Orlando: Kres offers city atmosphere, vibe and sophistication in it's unique version of a Chophouse & Lounge. Contemporary, upscale design is combined with the traditional architecture of the Kres Building on Church Street. There's a distinctly Mediterranean flavor to dishes featured in this American restaurant. Location: 17 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801. Telephone: 407-447-7950. URL: https://www.kresrestaurant.com/

Yellow Dog Eats: Great atmosphere and succulent, hearty sandwiches are the mainstays of this eatery. Laid back, friendly and affordable. Get ready to be gastronomically fulfilled. Location: 1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere, FL. Telephone: (407) 296-0609‎. URL: https://www.yellowdogeats.com

Post-game Drinks

The Club House: This is the sports bar's sports bar. It's got pool tables, darts, more than 25 plasma screen TV's, including Orlando's largest High Definition television that devoted to showing the biggest and most important sporting events. The staff is friendly and attractive as they serve over 20 different draft beers and a full menu. Location: 100 E Pine St., Orlando, FL 32801. Telephone:(407) 447-5225. URL: https://www.orlandoclubhouse.com/

The Monkey Bar: If you're looking for ambiance that's trendy and upscale and martinis that are oversized, then this popular waterhole is for you. You've got to be dressed right to partake of the elixirs. There's a great menu that includes Tropical and Mexican themes. Location: 26 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801-2421. Telephone (407) 481-1030‎. URL: https://www.wallstplaza.net/monkeybar/

O'Rena Sports Bar‎: This is a bar that's filled with local color. Although not designed to be a place for tourists, if you are one, they'll certainly welcome you. The prices are very reasonable and you'll find pool, darts, ping pong and video games to keep you active. A variety of sporting events are carried on their various Big Screen TVs. Location: 6159 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL‎. Telephone: (407) 370-0303‎. URL: https://www.orlandoclubhouse.com/

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