Feb. 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher issued a challenge last spring for the Seminole Nation to fill up Doak Campbell Stadium for the program’s annual spring game. Fisher has echoed that same challenge on the heels of pulling in the top-rated signing class by ESPN in 2011.
Florida State fans will have a chance to get a glimpse of what’s shaping up to be one of the most anticipated football seasons in recent years at the annual Garnet & Gold game which will wrap up spring practice on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
“We can make this spring game something special,” said Fisher. “I want it to be a weekend where all the fans can come. I think we can fill Doak Campbell up during the spring game. We had 55,000 – the largest in Florida State history last year. Why can’t we put all 83,000 in there. I’d like to fill it up. It’s the only time you can come to Tallahassee and not care who wins. You can come enjoy the game and just have a great weekend at Florida State and remind yourself what’s so special about Florida State. That’s my challenge to the fans right now. I would love to see Doak Campbell full for this spring game.”
The weekend will kick off with the free Friday Night Block Party on Kleman Plaza featuring the legendary Eli and other acts. Fireworks will close out the first night downtown.
Saturday’s festivities will begin with at 11 a.m. outside Doak Campbell Stadium with the fourth annual Best of Tallahassee BBQ Cook-Off on Langford Green pitting the best BBQ teams in North Florida against one another.
Fans will also have the chance to enjoy live music during pregame. Halftime will feature the second annual FSU Football alumni flag football game.
Admission to all events are free, but donations will be taken at the gates by current student-athletes to help fund the annual scholarship fund.
A volunteer donation of $5 at entry will be earmarked for athletic scholarships at Florida State. All surrounding events and parking are free. Fans will have the opportunity to join Seminole Boosters and can also purchase season tickets at the event. Of course, season tickets can also be purchased online.
“We need to fill Doak Campbell every time we ever walk in it,” said Fisher towards the end of his National Signing Day War Party. “For us to walk in there and that thing not be filled to the rim is ridiculous. No matter who we play, when we play, you have to follow. You have to be there for them, those kids – the sweat they have. That Florida game – to stand there before we came out of that tunnel and to stand there an hour afterwards – there’s nothing like it in college football.”