Feb. 12, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – First-year Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher isn’t shy when it comes to issuing challenges, and that extends beyond the lofty expectations he’s placing on the Seminoles in preparation for the 2010 football season.
As Fisher closed the books on his inaugural signing day class – a 24-player haul rated among the 10 best nationally – he immediately raised his expectations for a fan base already abuzz with new-found optimism.
“We tell our players, ‘Let’s take Doak back,’” Fisher said. “To take Doak back, we need you. We need to fill the stadium up. We’re going to do our part and you’re going to be proud of the group that’s out there. Let’s do it together. …
“The spring game has never been a big deal around here as much as it has in some other places. I don’t like to read that this stadium has 80,000, 60,000 and 70,000 at their spring game. Why can’t we? Why can’t we come support them?”
Florida State fans will have a chance to show their support for Fisher’s football Seminoles at the annual Garnet & Gold game which puts a cap on spring practice and is set for Saturday, April 10 at 5 p.m. inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
Fisher has already promised a genuine game between two evenly-matched squads; a departure from the hard-to-follow, controlled-scrimmage setting which has prevailed in recent seasons. Perpetuating a competitive environment is just one of his goals in an effort to put the Seminoles back among the nation’s elite.
“I know you want kids to work hard and do the right things,” Fisher said. “When they see you support them they do that.”
Early indications would suggest that the Seminoles are building significant momentum off the field as well. Season ticket sales and renewals are on a steep ascent since FSU scored its Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia. The membership drive by Seminole Boosters Inc. is also producing impressive results.
The Garnet & Gold game will provide FSU fans a first glimpse of Fisher’s re-shaped football Seminoles, as well as a variety of ancillary activities surrounding the game.
The day will begin with a club lacrosse match between Florida State and rival Florida, beginning at 1 p.m. inside the stadium. Outside, on the lawn at Langford Green, the second annual Best of Tallahassee BBQ competition will be held throughout the day. An antique car show and post game fireworks display round out the scheduled events.
“We’re expecting a full-day event,” said Jason Dennard, director of marketing for Seminole ISP Sports. “We’re going to have events out there for kids, music, entertainment – just building upon the events we had last year. We’ve grown our crowds the last three years and expect an even larger crowd this year.”
A volunteer donation of $5 at entry will be earmarked for athletic scholarships at Florida State. All surrounding events and parking are free. Fans will have the opportunity to join Seminole Boosters and can also purchase season tickets at the event. Of course, season tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.