Commissioner wants to halt demo of Tinker Field near Citrus Bowl



ORLANDO, Fla. - Outrage is growing over the city's recent announcement that it will demolish Tinker Field, a historic landmark, to make way for the new Orlando City soccer stadium.

One Orange County commissioner is so upset that the information is just coming out now, so he's asking the city to delay the demolition.

Orange County commissioner Pete Clarke sent a memo Friday to Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the other county commissioners asking the county to delay the demolition of Tinker Field until they can discuss how the monument can be preserved.

Much of Tinker Field has been standing since the 1920s, and officials said the plumbing is so bad they try to keep the bathrooms off-limits during events.

The new plan is to relocate Tinker Field to the southwest and possibly call it Tinker-McCracken Field since they'd be combining the two.

A city spokesperson said there is no date set for the demolition of the field, adding construction of the Citrus Bowl will not need to slow down if the demolition is delayed.

Demolition of the Citrus Bowl began Wednesday.

The new stadium will seat 65,000 people, and there will be a party deck, new club seating and new sound and video systems.