April 7, 2010
Florida State fans attending Saturday’s spring football game will likely have to make a strategic break for the concession stands. A star-studded flag football game featuring former Seminole stars will take up halftime and the popular fireworks show will return immediately following the game, which has drawn huge interest in coach Jimbo Fisher’s first year.
While FSU’s running game could dominate the real spring game, that is not likely to hold true in the halftime affair. Four of the top five all-time leading receivers in Florida State history will catch passes from either 1992 Heisman Trophy runner-up quarterback Casey Weldon or Super Bowl Champion Brad Johnson. But FSU fans should plan to see the defensive stars as well as all-time interception leader Terrell Buckley, consensus All-American Jamal Reynolds and current NFL standouts Everette Brown and Pat Watkins are among the former stars determined to stop any offensive fireworks.
Fisher has personally led the charge to make Saturday’s spring game an even bigger stage for his young football team and Seminole fans appear likely to respond in record numbers. Fisher has changed the format to a true game and will allow his senior players to “draft” their teams on Thursday.
Florida State will host a Seminole Get Down on Friday from 6-10 p.m., shutting down Adams Street in the heart of the city to let fans enjoy a street party complete with live bands, food and beverage vendors and some special guest appearances.
On game day, everyone will have the same chance at the best seats and parking for the spring game as stadium parking lots will open beginning at 10 a.m. Both the parking spaces around the stadium and the seats on the inside will be available first-come, first-served. The old intramural complex on St. Augustine Rd. will serve as overflow parking. Seminole Village will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday with live music, food and fun for fans of all ages including a BBQ contest.
“We are very excited about all the events fans will have an opportunity to see this weekend,” said FSU Director of Marketing Jason Dennard. “We know from the hotels that we have a lot of folks coming in for the weekend and the attendance for the spring game has been growing over the last several years. We hope fans will start with the Seminole Get Down and visit all our venues before ending up at the Spring Game.”
Doak Campbell Stadium gates will open at 3:30 with kickoff set for 5:00 p.m. FSU student-athletes and members of the student-boosters will man each of the nine gates (B,C,D,F,G,J,K,M,X) and accept a voluntary donation of $5 per person, which will go towards athletic scholarships at FSU.
Football isn’t the only option for sports fans in town for the weekend. FSU’s men’s club lacrosse team will play Florida in Doak Campbell at 1 p.m. on Saturday with free admission. The Seminoles will host NC State in softball on Saturday (11:30) and Sunday and the women’s tennis team will host Boston College at 12 p.m. The Seminole Invitational track and field meet will be held at Mike Long Track on Friday and Saturday and all these events will occur within easy walking distance of the football stadium.