Built in 1936, the Citrus Bowl was the place to hold bowl games, sporting events and outdoor exhibitions in the greater Orlando area. When it was built, the stadium was an architectural marvel. Over the next 80 years as crowds grew and more modern stadiums were built, the Citrus Bowl looked worn by comparison.
In late 2014, bids were let for $207 million to rebuild and modernize the 60,000-seat stadium, adding one-fifth more seating and other amenities. However, the contractors had only nine months to tear down the stadium’s entire lower bowl and rebuild the facility from the blades of green grass to the skylights.
The stadium’s lower bowl was torn down in January 2014 by a specialty contractor, which owned its equipment. Fill-in equipment was rented to supplement the contractor’s fleet.
When the demolition phase was completed ahead of schedule, the concrete contractor started work excavating new footings, laying rebar and forming the lower level walls, seating, and public and private spaces. Excavators, material handlers and concrete tools were rented to complete these phases.
Meanwhile, other subcontractors rented earthmoving, material handling and aerial equipment, as well as smaller equipment, such as generators, concrete drills, light towers and pumps to complete framing, plumbing, electrical, landscaping and other phases of construction.
The Citrus Bowl was completed on time for the 2015 bowl games, and the stadium was renamed for its new sponsor to the Camping World Stadium.
Neff Rental’s South Orlando and Sanford branches rented most of the earthmoving, material handling, concrete equipment and tools to the contractors on the Citrus Bowl stadium project. Neff Rental sales reps worked with contractors in advance of bids being let to provide equipment pricing and to ensure that equipment was available when the Citrus Bowl construction project started.
In order to ensure that the equipment had 100 percent up time, two mechanics were on call 24/7, and mechanics visited the job site every day to check on equipment, and perform maintenance and repairs.
Neff Rental employees strive to support their customers, particularly when they are working under tight deadlines, to make sure that Neff Rental equipment is rent-ready, operational and maintained throughout a project. For more information about Neff Rental for your next stadium project, visit www.NeffRental.com or call 888-709-NEFF.