The Orange Bowl Committee officially celebrated the opening of Orange Bowl Field at Ives Estates Park on December 3rd, 2015. Ives Estates is the Orange Bowl’s third Legacy Gift to the South Florida community, which consists of a multi-million dollar renovation including a new multi-purpose synthetic turf field designed for football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, new scoreboard, drainage system, and concrete walkway leading to the field at Ives Estates Park in north Miami-Dade County.
The Orange Bowl first unveiled the Legacy Gift initiative in 2008-09 in honor of the organization’s 75th anniversary, which also coincided with the hosting of the 2009 BCS National Championship. In January 2011, the Orange Bowl, in conjunction with the City of Miami, cut the ribbon on Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park. The project provided much needed renovations to a youth football stadium and facilities at Miami’s inner city Moore Park. Moore Park holds a special historical significance for the Orange Bowl Committee as it was the site of the 1933 and 1934 Palm Festivals, the predecessor of the Orange Bowl Festival.
In 2013, the Orange Bowl, in conjunction with the City of Fort Lauderdale, cut the ribbon to unveil renovations to Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. Renovations at Carter Park included the installation of a new synthetic turf football field, now called Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park, an eight lane track, enhanced spectator areas and new scoreboard. The completion of the third Legacy Gift project only furthers the Orange Bowl’s commitment to youth sports in the South Florida community.