State Finals Staying
in Orlando Through
THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLE TIC Association Football Finals are staying in Orlando for two more years, extending the current contract at the Citrus Bowl
through the 2015-16 school year.
The Orlando Sentinel, which first reported the
signed extension, extends the monetary guarantees already set in place in the contract that
was agreed upon back in 2011. That includes
$250,000 in guaranteed revenue for the FHSAA,
if ticket sales meet or exceed $360,000.
Getting to the point of a two-year extension
for Orlando has not come without hiccups.
FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing
told FloridaHSFootball.com, via email, in April
that logical issues were the focal point to completing an extension. Issues related to parking
and concessions, as well as issues with the
host hotel, were identified by Dearing as logistical obstacles, that have since been resolved.
In the end, though, Orlando could be a short-term solution. The FHSAA Football Finals, which
have been hosted in Orlando since 2007, will likely
be finding a new host after the 2016 season.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Central Florida Sports Commission has not asked
for an extension beyond the next two years. The
reasons given are the numerous events scheduled in the city starting in December 2016.
Some of these events include a third college
football bowl game, NCAA women’s soccer finals
and the potential of needing the Citrus Bowl for
the Orlando City Lions if they have to host a Major
League Soccer home playoff game. A potential
MLS playoff game could conflict with the NCAA
soccer event at Orlando’s new soccer stadium,
thus requiring the Citrus Bowl to be available.
Once the 2015 state football finals conclude,
the FHSAA will seek out bids from potential
host cities, the first step towards finding a new
location for the finals.
The Citrus Bowl, which is undergoing a $90
million renovation that started in late January,
will feature upgrades to its lower bowl seating,
wider concourses, multiple video displays and
new concession options.