Oct. 19, 2006
Thirty percent chance of isolated thunderstorms, high of 80 degrees – that’s the daytime forecast for Friday, October 20th in Tallahassee. Mostly clear, low of 54 degrees and sunset at 7:01 p.m. – that’s the forecast for Friday night in Tallahassee and that’s more like it because the Florida State women’s basketball team is going to brave the elements when the Seminoles camp out on Langford Green right in front of Doak Campbell Stadium.
That’s right, those crazy Seminoles are at it again and beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night, the team will begin its camp out in an attempt to sell 3,000 season tickets for the upcoming 2006-07 season. Season tickets are only $20 for adults and $10 for children and seniors for 13 home games. The players will be on hand to sell tickets Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. up until kickoff of the football game. The Seminoles will do some sleeping and some practicing at the Basketball Training Center in between.
“After practice on Friday, we’re going to go out to Langford Green,” junior Nikki Anthony said. “We will have the band there, our strength coach there and have some good Florida State family time and really try to promote season ticket sales for this year.”
A native of Pickens, S.C., Anthony loves the outdoors and has done the camping thing before. Not so for the rest of her teammates but one thing is for sure, this team likes to hang out together and wants to join in the football tailgating fun.
“I’m not too nervous because I go camping at home, but some of my teammates are a little nervous because they’re not the outdoors-type but we’re real excited,” she said. “It’s just a great opportunity to lead into the Boston College football game.
“It’s also a really good way for Leon County community to meet us,” Anthony continued. “They can come out there and have a good time with us and be in a more personal situation. I know Coach Sue had a really good time with that when she camped out last season.”
Head Coach Sue Semrau, who has led the Seminoles to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two straight 20-win seasons, has really brought the program to new heights and feels like one of the last components to building her program is getting the seats filled at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Last season, after Semrau’s Tents for Tickets campaign, a record 3, 781 fans saw the Seminoles defeat No. 19 Boston College in the home finale and the squad is hoping to build off that enthusiasm with season ticket sales.
For Anthony, who will be a junior this season, the progression with fan support has been exciting.
“Unbelievable,” Anthony said. “It actually gives me cold chills when I think about it. When we’ve been down at Downtown Getdown in years past, we had to go and approach people and ask them to come to our games. This year, people came up to us and asked us when the season started and how to buy tickets. People probably don’t think it means that much but boy, it meant the world to us. We’ve always had great loyal fans but now to see the new fans, the older and the younger, it just means the world. It really helps us to keep up our energy in a game and keep fighting.”
I am extremely excited about this season. I have never been on a closer team, chemistry-wise. We’re just really close on and off the court. It’s just a really unbelievable thing happening here. We have a lot of talent and we’re going to a faster-pace kind of play this year so it should be exciting to play and exciting to watch.”