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Orlando’s Historic Citrus Bowl Gets Name Change; Gators, ‘Canes Kickoff 2019

ORLANDO – Orlando’s football stadium now bears the name of the nation’s top retailer of RVs, RV accessories, and RV-related services. The Florida Gators will play the Miami Hurricanes in Camping World Stadium during college football’s opening weekend in 2019.

The neutral-site season opener is part of a series of Camping World Kickoff games in Orlando.

Effective immediately, the stadium formerly known as the Citrus Bowl, will be known as Camping World Stadium thanks to a new, long-term exclusive agreement as the stadium’s new naming rights partner. Visitors will see the Camping World name and brand proudly and prominently displayed inside and outside the recently rebuilt facility.

“We’re proud to integrate Camping World, a brand that is the leader in its industry, with all that we continue to do at Camping World Stadium to grow economic impact and improve the quality of life for Central Floridians,” said Steve Hogan, CEO of FCSports. “The commitment to both the stadium and the Camping World Kickoff series will ensure that together we deliver on our promises to this community for years to come, and build on the rich heritage of this venue.”

In addition, Camping World will be a multi-year sponsor of the series of early season neutral-site football games debuting this Labor Day which will be named the “Camping World Kickoff.”

Camping World Stadium underwent a $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014, re-opening as a state-of-the art venue ready to host world class events. In addition to the Camping World Kickoff games, it is also the nation’s only venue to host three college bowl games: the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl and AutoNation Cure Bowl.

The iconic facility also annually hosts the Florida Blue Florida Classic and was the state’s only stop on the Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour in 2015. Copa America Centenario will play three games in Camping World Stadium this June; Guns ‘n Roses will have a concert in July, and Orlando City Soccer MLS and the Orlando Pride NWSL teams are playing their 2016 seasons here.

And, in April 2017, Camping World Stadium will become the first outdoor stadium in the country to host WWE Wrestlemania for a second time.

“When we first started discussion about the Kickoff series, we told FCSports that their continued pursuit of high caliber teams was key if our name were to be tied to the series” said Marcus Lemonis. “The Florida and Miami matchup is another great example of that commitment and we’re thrilled to help ensure that the highest quality matchups are brought to the Central Florida community.

Currently, three Camping World Kickoff games are scheduled. The Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels are set to square off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 5, as the day’s only game and will be televised nationally on ESPN. The 2018 game will showcase Alabama and Louisville.