Over the past couple months, Orlando City and Florida Citrus Sports have been experimenting with officially allowing the use of smoke bombs in the Citrus Bowl, on the understanding that they were not to be thrown onto the pitch. They placed sand buckets for both The Ruckus and Iron Lion Firm to deposit spent smoke bombs after firing.
At this past weekend’s match against Charleston Battery, some smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch following the uncalled penalty in the first half, causing minor damage to the artificial turf.
The City of Orlando came down on it quickly. Now smoke bombs are banned from the Citrus Bowl. Anyone caught setting off any sort of incendiary will be removed, arrested and banned from all events at the Citrus Bowl.
Thanks a lot, guys.
Also, due to some of the anger expressed at the poor officiating at the last match, the team would like to remind the fans that only streamers and confetti, within reason, are permitted to be thrown onto the pitch. And even that has its limits, as we found out last year.