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Doak Campbell Stadium


From a maximum capacity of 15,000 in 1953 to a record crowd of 83,042 against Florida in 2000, Doak S. Campbell Stadium has risen alongside the Florida State football program to the top of the college football ladder. With the final phase of construction completed, Seminole fans are welcomed with state-of-the-art additions.



Seating Chart

Football practice fields

Football weight room

The newest portion of the stadium is the south end zone, where the last bricks have been placed on the exterior of the stadium wall and the interior received its final finishing touches. The south end zone houses the Florida State school of hospitality education where students in the program receive hands-on experience in various aspects of the food and beverage industry. The multi-level facility includes a food court, a restaurant and a sports grill on the top floor that gives a panoramic view of Doak Campbell Stadium.

The north endzone, which consisted of wood bleachers until the 1994 season kicked off, is topped by the offices of the football coaches. The offices are just part of the Daisy Parker Flory wing of the Moore Athletic Center which include a number of amenities for the football staff. An even more drastic change is currently taking place as the new north endzone building is under construction to be ready by the start of the 2003 football season.

Towering above college football action from the east side are skyboxes which stretch from goal line to goal line. New skyboxes are located above the west stands on the eighth floor. The west addition also houses the president’s level on the seventh floor (which includes an open air terrace in the northwest corner) and one of the largest press boxes in college football with seating for over 250 members of the media.

A brick facade surrounds the stadium, matching the architectural design of most of the buildings on the Florida State campus. The University Center surrounds Doak Campbell Stadium and houses numerous offices that were located on the interior of the FSU campus.

Inside Doak Campbell, the lowest tier of field level seats were removed, providing increased sideline space and better viewing lines for the first few rows of fans. A matching brick wall was constructed along the east and west sidelines, limiting field access, increasing safety and giving the inside of the stadium a whole new look.

In its last 86 home games, FSU is 81-4-1. Bobby Bowden’s Florida State teams have lost only 18 games at home in 26 years, giving the coach an impressive 132-18-2 record and an .875 winning percentage in Tallahassee. A milestone was reached on September 28, 1996 when Bowden won his 100th game in Doak Campbell Stadium as FSU’s head coach with a 13-0 victory over North Carolina.

But the winning tradition of Doak Campbell Stadium, which was named after former FSU president Doak S. Campbell, goes back before Bowden. All-time, Florida State is 214-68-4 in 284 home games for a winning percentage of .755.

Since the stadium opened on Oct. 7, 1950 with Florida State University taking a 40-7 victory over the Randolph-Macon Yellowjackets, millions of fans have packed Doak Campbell to see the finest in college football action. In 2001, Florida State set a single season attendance mark by drawing 488,645 fans over six home games. The latest expansion is the ninth in the history of the stadium. The current capacity of 82,000 reflects an increase of 21,481 since the end of the 1991 season.

Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the inaugural 1947 season. In the three seasons that the Seminoles called Centennial Field their home, FSU had an overall home record of 8-4, including Coach Don Veller’s undefeated 8-0 home mark over the 1948 and ’49 seasons.

It’s hard to imagine the first Doak Campbell Stadium, with a capacity of 15,000 back in 1950. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960-70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Between 1978 and 1982, there were three more additions.

The field itself is one of the finest in college football, carefully managed and manicured year-round. A prescription athletic turf (PAT) system installed in 1988 and completely resodded three years ago, quickly alleviates drainage problems through a series of underground pumps. The field can go from flooded to merely wet in a matter of minutes, thanks to the pumps, which allow a deeper root system in the natural turf.

The 1999 season marked another new addition to Doak Campbell Stadium as FSU unveiled the War Board video system. The big screen presentation is crystal clear and allows game day producers to show highlights of games all over the country to Seminole fans watching their team in the stadium. With the changes already made since last season, Doak Campbell is growing and improving faster than ever before. Like its residents, the most successful college football program over the past decade, Doak Campbell Stadium has become a fitting showcase for Florida State University.


Top 10 Single Season Home Attendances

No. Year Games Total Average
1. 2001 6 488,645 81,441
2. 2000 6 484,985 80,830
3. 1998 6 482,941 80,490
4. 1999 6 472,350 78,725
5. 1996 6 465,200 77,533
6. 1994 5 382,663 76,533
7. 1995 6 447,950 74,658
8. 1997 5 372,001 74,400
9. 1993 6 443,811 73,968
10. 1992 6 376,784 62,797

Stadium Capacities (Since 1950)

Years Capacity
1950-53 15,000
1954-60 19,000
1961-63 25,000
1964-77 40,500
1978-79 47,413
1980-81 51,094
1982-84 55,246
1985-91 60,519
1992 70,123
1993 72,589
1994 75,000
1995 77,500
1996 80,000
2001- 82,000

Doak Campbell Stadium’s Top 25 Crowds

No. Attendance Year Opponent FSU Opp.
1. 83,042 2000 Florida 30 7
2. 82,836 2001 Miami 27 49
3. 82,565 2001 Maryland 52 31
4. 82,514 2000 Clemson 54 7
5. 82,425 2001 NC State 28 34
6. 82,269 2001 Georgia Tech 28 17
7. 81,614 1998 Florida 23 12
8. 81,120 1998 Virginia 45 14
9. 80,976 1999 Miami 31 21
10. 80,932 1996 Florida 24 21
11. 80,741 2000 Louisville 31 0
12. 80,350 1995 Miami 41 17
13. 80,340 1999 Maryland 49 10
14. 80,310 1998 Clemson 48 0
15. 80,280 2000 Duke 63 14
16. 80,237 1996 Virginia 31 24
17. 80,210 1994 Florida 31 31
18. 80,187 1999 Georgia Tech 41 35
19. 80,165 1997 Miami 47 0
20. 80,120 1996 UNC 13 0
21. 80,050 1998 UNC 39 13
22. 80,040 1999 NC State 42 11
23. 80,032 1998 Duke 62 13
24. 79,815 1998 Southern Cal. 30 10
25. 79,388 2001 UAB 29 7

Stadium Facts

2001 Capacity: 80,000
Surface: Natural Grass (PAT)
Location: Pensacola Street & Stadium Drive
First Game: October 7, 1950
Opponent: Randolph-Macon
Score: FSU 40, RM 7
All-Time Home Record: 214-68-4 (.755)
Bowden’s Home Record: 132-18-2
(.875)
Current Win Streak: 1 (Dec. 1, 2001 – Present)
Current Home Unbeaten Streak: 1 (Dec. 1, 2001 – Present)


Directions


FROM: Interstate 10

Take I-10 to Exit 31. Go west on HWY 90 (Mahan Street which turns into
Tennessee Street) to Monroe St. Make a left and go south on Monroe St.
to Gaines St. Make a right and go west on Gaines St.

FROM: Airport

Go South on Capital Circle to Lake Bradford Rd. Make a left on Lake
Bradford and follow to Stadium Drive.

FROM: HWY 90 West (QUINCY)

Go East on HWY 90 (Tennessee St.) to Ocala St. Make a right and take
Ocala St. to Pensacola St. Make a left and go East on Pensacola St.

FROM: Route 319 (Thomasville Rd.)

Take Thomasville Rd. to Monroe St. Make a left and go South on Monroe
St. to Gaines St. Make a right and go West on Gaines St.


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