ORLANDO, Fla. — Major work will begin to bring down the Citrus Bowl on Wednesday.
The nearly 80-year-old stadium is getting a facelift at the price tag of $207 million. Run-down restrooms, concession spaces and rusty seating will all be replaced.
"You're going to take largely a 70-year-old facility, completely demolish it and rebuild it with state-of-the-art fan amenities," said Florida Citrus Sports spokesman Steve Hogan.
The historic venue hosted a sold-out Van Halen and Rolling Stones concert in 1981, back when the Citrus Bowl was actually the Tangerine Bowl. It's the only site the two iconic bands played together live.
Metallica, Guns N' Roses, WWE Wrestle Mania 24, Monster Jam and just a few others that have all stepped onto the Citrus Bowl field.
The City of Orlando has vowed to make the new bowl a reputable and renewed venue that will hopefully attract marquee games including high-profile neutral site college games, NFL preseason matchups and, once again, draw big-name concerts.
About 90 percent of the stadium will undergo renovations. The only thing that will stay the same is the upper bowl that was put in place in the 1990s.
It is expected to be ready for the Florida Classic this November.