March 3, 2009
Tallahassee, Fla. — Seminole ISP Sports Marketing announced Monday that the 11 Tallahassee hotel properties that partner with ISP will employ several plans to lower the cost to attend Florida State home football games in 2009. The properties will employ different strategies including lowering the per night rate, dropping the two-night minimum required in the past and/or offering meals and promotional rates.
The Florida State athletics department has been working with the Tallahassee Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for several years to find ways to make attending Seminole events more affordable for out of town guests.
“Our partners have been very receptive to doing what they can in our current economic environment to make things a little easier for our out of town fans on home football weekends,” said FSU Director of Marketing Jason Dennard. “FSU football has a huge impact on the economy of Tallahassee and Leon County and our partners are leading the way to making it easier for our out of town fans to enjoy the games. We hope that all the properties in Tallahassee will join in.”
Michelle Wilson, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hampton Inn and Suites in Tallahassee and a member of the Board for the Tallahassee CVB, is happy with the cooperative effort. “We (Hampton Inns) are a proud partner with Florida State University and ISP Sports, she said. “This football season we recognize the importance of having guests travel to Tallahassee and we are offering discounted rates and a portion of our inventory at one night stays.”
All 11 of Florida State athletics’ hotel partners and their plans for 2009 can be found by going to seminoles.com and clicking on the “tickets” link and then on a button indicating hotel partners.
Florida State will open the season at home against Miami on Labor Day night. FSU will also have home games against Jacksonville State (September 12), South Florida (September 26), Georgia Tech (October 10), NC State (October 31) and Maryland on November 21.
The FSU ticket office announced in December that for the first time ever both fans renewing season tickets for 2009 and new season ticket buyers can spread the cost of their tickets over monthly installments leading up to the July 1 deadline.