April 3, 2009 - by
Garnet & Gold Game Free Festivities Get Started At 2:00 p.m. Saturday

April 3, 2009


            TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Florida State fans can drop by Seminole Village at Langford Green this Saturday and get a chance to sample some of Tallahassee’s best bar-b-que.


            The Seminole’s sports marketing office is hosting the 1st Annual BBQ Cook-Off and 10 local restaurant and catering businesses have signed on to compete for a trophy – topped by a pig – for the best ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket.


            Former FSU star and soon to be NFL draft pick Everette Brown will be one of the judges of the contest.  He’ll be joined by Big Woody Hayes and Cash from Tallahassee’s Best Country 94.9 WTNT along with certified executive chef and Assistant in the Dedman School of Hospitality Jim Koenigsberg.


            The bar-b-que teams will begin cooking Friday night with judging scheduled for between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  Seminole fans need to remember that parking in the stadium lots will be free with non-stop entertainment scheduled for Seminole Village beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The spring game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. and a fireworks show over the stadium will begin around 9:15.


            “I’m not sure you can get a better mix than bar-b-que and Florida State football,” said Jason Dennard, FSU’s Director of Athletics Promotion and Marketing.  “We’ve had a great response and the whole day is shaping up to be a lot of fun.  Just about everything but the food and drink are free and we expect more than 40,000 for the game.”


            Competing for the bar-b-que title will be Blue Water Cooking Company, Kin Folks Smoking BBQ, Famous Dave’s, Huff’n’Puff BBQ, The Ross Team, Piggy’s BBQ and Mo Betta BBQ.

      All stadium parking lots will be open and free to the public on Saturday, April 4, with Seminole Village at Langford Green opening at 2:00 p.m. Live music will be featured throughout the day and fans can also admire classic cars on display around the stadium.

      FSU’s spring football game is free and open to the public with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. The fireworks show is scheduled immediately following the game at approximately 9:15 p.m.

      “We had over 30,000 fans at the spring game last year and we expect an even bigger turnout this year,” said FSU director of athletics marketing Jason Dennard. “We had tailgaters all over the parking lots last year and it was like a home game atmosphere. There are not many free events of this magnitude and its one way we show appreciation for our fan support all year.”

      FSU season football tickets will be on sale at the game and are currently available anytime on the internet by logging on to seminoles.com.

Doak Campbell Stadium Sod 

If you would like to own a piece of sod from the very playing surface that many Seminole greats have played over the years, you will soon have your chance. At the conclusion of Spring Practice on Tuesday, the grass on Bobby Bowden Field inside Doak Campbell Stadium will be removed to make room for new grass. Sections of each end zone will be cut and will be available to Seminoles fans for only $20. To reserve your piece of history in advance, visit Gate C at the Spring Football Game or at the booth located at Seminole Village on Langford Green. Sod will be available until supplies last and must be picked up by April 8th. For more information, call  (850) 644-2550  .

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