Amidst the pines at the northernmost end of the campus’ athletic facilities, sits pictureque Mike Long Track. Widely recognized as one of the best facilities in the South, the track remains in the same place it has called home since 1957, making it the longest-tenured home among current FSU athletic facilities.
There is nothing antique, however, about the facilities’ amenities, which are befitting of the perennially powerful Florida State track & field program.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, the 400-meter track and its runways were completely resurfaced with the next generation of the Hobart Texture Synthetic Surface; the same surface installed at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field, home to the NCAA Championships and the US Olympic Trials.
The resurfacing came just five years after an 18,000-square foot expansion project, for what is now called the McIntosh Building. Dedicated on Oct. 28, 2008, the Seminoles’ two-story, 22,000-square foot home includes offices, conference rooms and an expansive press box on the second floor. Entering the building on the ground level, visitors step into an atrium which features a mural of some of the programs’ all-time greats, as well as two large-screen TVs and trophy cases. The first floor also houses a state-of-the-art athletic training room, including a new hot/cold tub, training space, offices and all of the modern modalities needed to keep the Seminoles running, jumping and throwing. Athletes also have access to a lounge, which frequently serves as a study spot before and after practice.
In 2015, the first floor equipment room at the west end of the building was completely remodeled to meet the needs of a program which suits up more than 100 athletes each year between the men and women.
Named after FSU’s first full-time head track & field head coach, the complex has attracted some of the top meets in the nation. Mike Long Track and the City of Tallahassee played host to the USA Track and Field National Junior Championships in 1988 and the AAU National Championships in 1991.
Florida State has also hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships four times – 1992, 2005, 2015 and 2016. It was also the host site for the 2008 NCAA East Regional Championships. Great Britain’s Summer Olympic team staged its training camp in Tallahassee and utilized the track prior to the 1996 Games.
To this day it still serves as the training site for a good number of national and world class athletes – many of them former Seminole greats – who are competing post-collegiately under the guidance of members of the FSU staff.