Weekends Supply Much More Than A Florida State Football Game During The Fall
Here is a list of events that occur regularly during weekends of Florida State football home games.
Friday golf tournament
Like the idea of getting a round or two of golf in with your Seminoles buddies too? Well, you’re in luck. Golf tournaments are planned for many home games.
Friday 4 p.m.: Tours of athletic facilities and team send-off
Seminole Boosters and the FSU athletic department implemented a tradition last fall of tours of the athletic facilities. Each Friday before a home game, members see how their donations are used to build facilities including the weight room, medical training room and locker room. They enjoy seeing the national championship and Heisman trophies as well as a 3-D highlight video. The event ends with a player send-off, a hit for fans and players alike. And it’s free!
Friday 5 p.m.: Lighting of the “Unconquered” spear
Home weekends don’t officially start until the flame is ignited on the spear of the “Unconquered” statue. This tradition, which is growing in popularity, is an important stop on the weekend experience. And it’s free!
5:30-until: Friday Night block party
Downtown Tallahassee comes alive every Friday night as the streets are blocked off and stages set up for a major party. Thousands of Seminoles fans come to meet friends, listen to music and imbibe in an abundant array of food and beverage. And it’s free!
Saturday (assume 3:30 kickoff)
9:30 a.m.: Booster parking lots open for tailgating.
Arrive early, set up your tailgate complete with satellite dish and flat screen TV and settle in for a full day of friends, football and fun. The parking lots remain open until well after the game so relax and have fun. Priority parking is available to Seminole Boosters members.
11:00 a.m.: Concert and activites on Langford Green.
Think Central Park. The Langford Green is for the entire family to enjoy. There’s a pregame concert on the green, inflatable toys for the kids, face painters, student-athletes happy to meet you and your family and more. And it’s free!
12 p.m.: Marching Chiefs perform in Dick Howser Stadium
A favorite destination for thousands of fans who get excited for the game. Sit in the shaded comfort of Howser while listening to the Chiefs. Food and beverage are available. And it’s free!
1 p.m.: Marching Chiefs parade to Doak Campbell Stadium
Feel the beat and the energy as the largest marching band in college athletics marches from Howser to Doak. Many fans line the streets in anticipation. It’s a thrill, and it’s free!
1:30 p.m.: Have your picture made with Osceola and Renegade
Under the north end zone you can watch the Renegade team prepare for the greatest tradition in college sports. Watch the war paint applied to Osceola as Renegade is being groomed. Great photo opp. And it’s free!
2:30 p.m.: Watch the pre-game preparation and settle in for the flyover
The players and coaches like it when you are in the stands during pregame warmups. And you’ll be ready for the military flyover and the greatest tradition in college sports.
3 p.m.: The player introductions
The drama, the pageantry, the anticipation builds as FSU uses its massive video boards and sound system to introduce its players – which is riveting.
3:15 p.m.: The greatest tradition in sports: Renegade and Osceola
No matter how many times you’ve seen it, nothing tops this symbolic act for pregame drama and excitement just before kickoff.
3:30 p.m.: Kickoff of the Florida State football game
Finally, after 36 hours of golf, muscic, eating and drinking and tailgating it’s finally time for the in-stadium activities with the cheerleaders, Marching Chiefs the Tomahawk Chop and some exciting Seminoles football!
At your leisure: Tour the monuments in the athletic complex and across campus.
Start your walk around Doak at the “Unconquered” statue outside the south end zone and travel west to the “Sportsmanship” statue, further around the Legacy Walk – comprised of FSU All-Americans and donors – to the Bowden statue. If the Moore Athletic Center is open, step inside to enjoy the Great Hall and many of FSU’s greatest memories. Directly across the parking lot you’ll find the Sod Cemetery, honoring every victory over Florida and all wins in which FSU was an underdog. If you continue east, you can visit Dick Howser Stadium, and a little beyond is the fountain honoring the women of FSCW.
There are many other great FSU monuments and activities scheduled on campus on game weekends.