September 4, 2003 - by

Sept. 4, 2003

Tallahassee, FL –
Florida State University football fans should plan on traveling to home games earlier to allow for changes in traffic patterns and crowd control.

Budgetary constraints faced by both the Tallahassee Police Department and the FSU Police Department mean that fewer officers will be available to direct traffic before and after the games. Security will not be compromised on campus or inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

“We want to reassure both football fans and those in the community that the health and safety of our citizens is our top priority,” said FSU Chief Carey Drayton. “We are asking everyone to plan ahead and exercise patience so that everyone can enjoy the game.”

With increasing demands on city services and FSU facing a $30 million cut in state appropriations, administrators from the FSU Police Department, TPD, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol met several times over the summer to develop a plan that will address the needs of the city while maintaining the safety and security of the fans.

One of the most visible changes in traffic patterns will be on Gaines Street, which for the past several years had been confined to one-way traffic after the games. It will now remain open to two-way traffic, which may mean increased congestion for those leaving the stadium.

Officers from FSUPD, TPD, FHP and LCSO, as well as event management staff will continue to provide security in and around the stadium.

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