Dick Howser Stadium
Dick Howser Stadium will take its place as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the country after a two-year, $12 million dollar project was completed in 2004. Located on the campus of Florida State University, the stadium has provided almost two million fans with the feeling of having “the best seat in the house” to watch the finest in college baseball action.
Florida State’s players and coaches enjoy the convenience and luxury of a clubhouse and locker room currently located behind the Seminole dugout. The Griffin Family Clubhouse was moved to the first base side for the 2004 season as the construction process was completed. The main locker room area is fully-carpeted and contains a personalized wooden locker for each player, a separate locker room for the Seminole coaches, and a video area where FSU players and coaches can watch film. The coaches’ offices look over the stadium behind home plate. A built-in stereo system blares the players’ latest favorites. There is also a weight room and training area adjacent to the clubhouse. Each of the areas were expanded and improved during the renovation process.
There are on-going efforts to keep Dick Howser Stadium one of the top facilities in college baseball. Truly a “player’s ballpark,” the stadium has had many upgrades since it opened in 1983: the addition of a 30-foot screen to the top of the right field wall, the adding of a roof to the grandstand and state-of-the-art video board.
Dick Howser Stadium, named after the late Kansas City Royals and Florida State manager who was also Florida State’s first-ever baseball All-American, is a showcase befitting one of the top collegiate teams in the nation. From the beautifully-manicured playing surface to the chairback seats, Howser Stadium is one of the best places in the country to watch a game.
Stadium capacity increased to 6,700 as additional seats were added during the two-year construction process. Florida State annually ranks in the top 10 nationally in attendance. In 2003, Florida State baseball fans set records in both total attendance (131,223) and average attendance (3,281). In 1994, the one-millionth fan walked through the gates of Howser Stadium in only its 12th season of operation. Total attendance will reach two million early this season. Since the 1983 opening, FSU has averaged almost 2,500 fans per game.
Florida State fans are simply the best and most knowledgeable in college baseball. Although they live and die with “their” Seminoles, the FSU faithful are known nationwide for their sportsmanship and appreciation of good baseball – by both teams, as well as their sometimes “creative” brand of support. Fans, along with the stadium and a professional game operation, are a large reason Dick Howser Stadium has been the site of 19 NCAA Regional Tournaments in 20 years since its’ opening in 1983.
The stadium was dedicated in honor of Dick Howser in March of 1988 prior to an exhibition game between Florida State and the Kansas City Royals, two of Howser’s former teams. As part of the stadium dedication, Kansas City all-stars George Brett and Bo Jackson helped unveil a new $150,000 matrix scoreboard and a bronze bust of Howser.
Old Seminole Field was christened Seminole Stadium March 28, 1983, after a one million dollar renovation was completed on the park. Wooden bleachers were replaced with a two-tier concrete grandstand seating 2,500. Modern concession areas, restrooms and a press box complete with separate booths for radio and television broadcasts were also added.
The playing surface dimensions measure 320 feet to right field, 400 feet to center and 340 feet to left. Prior to the 1986 season, a screen was added to the top of the right field wall, increasing in five-foot increments from 20 feet in the power alley to 30 feet in right field – giving a unique effect.
A new $800,000 video board, which provides lineups, statistics and replays throughout the game, was installed in January 2004 and stands 40 feet high and 70 feet wide. A high quality public address system, modern concession stands and vendors circulating the stands give Howser Stadium a “big league” feel.
The playing field itself is also often compared to that of a major league park. FSU grounds chief Brian Donaway and his crew, oversee the everyday upkeep of the playing surface and surroundings, spending hours on the field year-round. The dedication and hard work of Justin Wilmot (field supervisor) were rewarded in the fall of 2001, when Dick Howser Stadium was named the best collegiate baseball field in the country. Often taken for granted, the grounds crew gives Dick Howser Stadium a playing field unsurpassed by any collegiate team in the nation.
The beautiful home of Florida State’s baseball Seminoles, from the Mike Loynd Tradition Room, the Griffin Family Clubhouse to the top-notch playing field and overall family atmosphere, is indeed a fitting tribute to one of FSU’s greatest alumni, Dick Howser.
Mike Loynd Tradition Room at Dick Howser Stadium
The Mike Loynd “Tradition Room”, underneath the first base stands, holds an attractive showcase which tells the story of the great players, award-winners and tremendous FSU teams of the past. Trophies and plaques depicting Florida State’s baseball success through the years adorn the walls. It also provides a comfortable lounge area adjacent to the FSU clubhouse, complete a big-screen television.
Separate wall displays, attractively back-lit, are devoted to Florida State All-Americans, former Seminoles in the pros, and FSU’s 18 College World Series teams. Another wall is lined with FSU’s most recent tournament and conference championship trophies, as well as replicas of the Golden Spikes Awards of Mike Loynd, Mike Fuentes and J.D. Drew.
Another corner contains a large-screen television where players can enjoy the latest videos. Couches line the room to provide a comfortable area for relaxed viewing.
The Mike Loynd Tradition Room, built thanks to the generous donation of former Florida State All-American Mike Loynd, gives current Seminoles an area in which to relax before and after games and practices, and serves as a showcase for the great tradition which is Florida State baseball.
FSU in Dick Howser Stadium record: 752-148-1 (.835)
Season Attendance Home Records
(Since opening of stadium in 1983)
^ Stadium opened in middle of 1983 season.
* Includes NCAA Regional & Super Regional games.
Bold indicates FSU single-season record
Top 25 Dick Howser Crowds
|1. Texas||June 8, 2003||6,524|
|2. Miami||April 10, 2004||6,387|
|3. Miami||April 11, 1986||6,145|
|4. Texas||June 9, 2003||6,138|
|5. Miami||April 26, 2003||6,056|
|6. Miami||April 13, 1991||6,039|
|7. Miami||April 12, 1991||6,032|
|8. Miami||April 9, 2004||6,013|
|9. Miami||April 11, 1992||5,945|
|10. VMI||January 31, 2004||5,882|
|11. Miami||April 14, 1990||5,877|
|12. Miami||April 14, 1991||5,740|
|13. Florida||April 21, 2004||5,685|
|14. Miami||April 8, 1994||5,524|
|15. Florida||March 5, 1994||5,486|
|16. Florida||March 9, 1991||5,450|
|17. Jacksonville||May 30, 2003||5,440|
|18. Florida||March 10, 1990||5,434|
|19. Memphis State||April 21, 1985||5,423|
|20. Miami||June 3, 2000||5,421|
|21. Arizona State||February 9, 1991||5,413|
|22. Miami||April 11, 1987||5,405|
|23. Miami||April 27, 2003||5,394|
|24. Notre Dame||June 7, 2002||5,388|
FROM: Interstate 10
Take I-10 to Exit 31. Go West on HWY 90 to Monroe St. Make a left and
go South on Monroe St. to Jefferson St. Make a right (Becomes Pensacola
St.) and follow to stadium.
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Bradford and follow to Stadium Dr. Make a right on Stadium Dr. and follow
to Pensacola St. and make a left .
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Take Thomasville Rd. to Monroe St. Make a left and go South on Monroe
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Pensacola St.) to the stadium.