DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM
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From a maximum capacity of 15,000 in 1953 to a record crowd of 84,409 in 2013 against Miami, Doak S. Campbell Stadium has risen along with the Florida State football program to the top of the college football ladder.
The Seminoles have been formidable at home. In their last 168 home games - since the start of the 1988 season - the Seminoles are 144-23-1. The bulk of those games came with Bobby Bowden leading the team. Over his 34-year career the Seminoles posted a 166-33-2 home record - an .831 winning percentage. That includes an astonishing 56-1-1 record at home in the 1990's and the start of a 54-game unbeaten streak (53-0-1) which began in 1992 and stretched through the first two games of the 2001 season.
The south endzone houses the Florida State University School of Hospitality, where students in the program receive hands-on experience in various aspects of the food and beverage industry. The multi-level facility includes a restaurant and sports grill on the top floor that gives a breathtaking panoramic view of Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. The newest addition to the south endzone, the Champions Club, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2016.
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 includes a number of amenities for the football staff. An even more drastic change came in June of 2005 when the athletics department offices moved back into the newly rebuilt Moore Center.
Towering above college football action below from the east side are skyboxes which stretch from goal line to goal line. Skyboxes are located above the west stands on the seventh floor. The west addition also houses the president's level on the sixth floor (which includes an open air terrace in the northwest corner) and one of the largest press boxes in college football that seats over 200 members of the media. A brick facade surrounds the stadium, matching the architectural design of many of Florida State's campus buildings. The University center surrounds Doak Campbell Stadium and houses numerous offices that were formerly located on the interior of the FSU campus.
Inside Doak Campbell, the lowest tier of field level seats has been removed, providing increased sideline space and better viewing lines for the first few rows of fans. A matching brick wall has been constructed along the east and west sidelines, limiting field access, increasing safety and giving the inside of the stadium a whole new look.
The increased seating capacity of Doak Campbell Stadium, up to 80,000 for 1997, means more fans, and no place for all the noise they make to go. That means an even louder stadium. Since the stadium's opening on Oct. 7, 1950 with Florida State 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 2000, Florida State set a single season attendance mark by drawing 484,985 fans in six home games. That is an average of over 80,000 per game.
Florida State first began play at Centennial Field for 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 undeated 8-0 home mark in the 1948 and '49 seasons, respectively. Doak Campbell Stadium sits right where Centennial Field used to be. 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.
Named for Doak S. Campbell, the first president of Florida State University, the stadium sits adjacent to the Moore Athletic Center on the edge of the main campus. The stadium seats, each one offering an unrestricted view, rise out of a Bermuda grass turf enclosing the field. Fans enjoy all the modern conveniences with spacious aisles, numerous concession areas and plenty of rest room facilities. A professional public address system, first aid booths and effective security system operate at every Seminole home game. 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 reseeded in 1999, quickly alleviates drainage problems through a series of underground pumps. The field can go from seemingly 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 War Board made its debut in 1992 and features the most technologically advanced scoreboard computer animation system in existence. Entertaining graphics, as well as factual information, make the board a valuable addition to FSU home games. The 160-foot wide structure was raised to sit on top of the new wing of the Moore Athletic Center in the north end zone following the '93 season. The big screen presentation is crystal clear and allows the producers to show highlights of games all over the country to Seminole fans watching their team in the stadium. The opposite scoreboard is above the south end zone and clearly and conveniently provides all basic information. The most successful college football team program over the past 15 years, Doak Campbell Stadium has become a fitting showcase for the mighty Seminoles of Florida State.
Present Capacity: 83,000+ (2003)
Surface: Natural Grass (419 Tiftway Bermuda)
Location: Pensacola Street & Stadium Drive
First Game: October 7, 1950
First Opponent: Randolph-Macon FSU 40 - RM 7
Longest Home Win Streak: 38 (Sept. 2, 1995 - Oct. 13, 2001)
Longest Home Unbeaten Streak: 55 (Sept. 5, 1992 - Oct. 13, 2001)
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.
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.