Camping World Stadium to get $60 million facelift

Orange County leaders to vote on plan to upgrade stadium

Orange County leaders approved plans on Tuesday to spend millions of dollars to upgrade Camping World Stadium.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County leaders approved plans Tuesday to spend millions of dollars to upgrade Camping World Stadium.

The Orange County Commission voted unanimously in favor of the $60 million plan. The money will be coming from the county's tourist tax.

The approval of the funding comes five years after the former Citrus Bowl completed a $207 million renovation project, but county leaders said large users of the stadium have since suggested improvements.

"It's groups like WWE, that's held events there, and groups like the NFL and these are all people that know how to use stadiums," fiscal and business services manager Fred Winterkamp said. "They've given a preferred list of additional improvements to complete the construction and make the stadium as usable as possible."

Proposed upgrades to the stadium include connecting the east and west concourse, premium seating and improvements to bathrooms and concession stands.

"This is to make the stadium more marketable. It's to make it easier for them to move shows in and out and move events in and out," Winterkamp said.

The vote comes as leaders push to bring World Cup games to Orlando, one of 23 cities vying to host the 2026 games.

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