As FSU mourns, season looms

As Florida State University mourns the loss of the beloved Bobby Bowden and bids him an appropriate and fond farewell this coming weekend, the athletic ticket office and Booster staff must also prepare for kickoff against Notre Dame in less than 30 days. This article addresses many of the questions Seminole fans are asking.

Are tickets available?

Yes, there are about 5,000 to 7,000 single-game tickets available scattered across the lower bowl for the Notre Dame game for as little as $90. 

“We offered Seminole Boosters and season ticket holders the priority, the first opportunity, to buy the remaining single-game tickets through June but that period is over and anyone can purchase them now,” said Jack Chatham, Assistant Athletics Director for Ticket Operations. 

When will tickets and parking be sent?

Tickets and parking will be sent electronically within the next 7-10 days and should be received the week of Aug. 23. 

How many people will attend?

FSU is planning for upwards of 75,000 people to attend, including approximately 40,000 Seminole season-ticket holders and single-game buyers. The FSU student allocation is 16,000. More than 500 Marching Chiefs will be in the north end zone once again this year. Another couple of thousand tickets will be reserved for corporate sponsors, high school coaches and players.

Five thousand seats have been allocated to the Notre Dame ticket office.

One hundred skyboxes are leased with 2,000 patrons. Seminole Boosters will also admit 4,400 to the Dunlap Champions Club. 

In addition to a scattering of single-game tickets, there are good seat locations reserved for those who want to purchase a season ticket ($1,500 per year) and a limited number (50) of three-game packs for $750 that include the ND and two games. You must be a Renegade donor ($330) or above to purchase Dunlap Champions Club seats. You can also buy a group of 10 tickets in the DCC at a price of $325 each.

The opportunity to buy single-game tickets in the Dunlap Champions Club is a benefit of season ticket holders only.

“We will continue to allow season-ticket holders to buy single-game tickets in the club for their guests,” said Mark Cameron, who heads up DCC seat sales. 

Call 850-644-1830 line 1 to speak to a representative. 


There’s a number of rooms still available for the big game. The Hotels.com properties with the highest star rating are listed at $400 to $600 per night. The next category is listed for $200 to $300 with properties in or around Tallahassee available for less.

Experience at Doak

Florida State has prepared for full attendance at Doak Campbell Stadium unless otherwise instructed. We will report any change in plan, if necessary.

The popular Friday Night Block Party will return on Madison Street in College Town from 5-10 p.m., unless otherwise instructed.

  • Sept. 4 – Temecula Road
  • Sept. 10 – Velcro Pygmies
  • Sept. 24 – Walker Montgomery
  • Oct. 1 – Ashley Cooke
  • Oct. 22 – Austin Burke
  • Nov. 5 – King Callaway

Tailgating, parking and the Spirit Express

Seminole Boosters will open parking lots at least five hours before kickoff but not later than noon. 

The Spirit Express, which ran on a dedicated route from the Tucker Center to Doak Campbell Stadium, has been terminated. 

Cost was a factor, of course, but other factors also came into play, a source at FSU told me. The most-compelling reason behind the elimination of the shuttle was this: Eliminating the dedicated route would open an important artery and improve the overall flow of traffic into and out of Doak for everyone else. 

What becomes of those who used the Seminole Express?

They will be given options, including Booster Lot 29, which is off Tennessee and Woodward above the FSU Bookstore. FSU has arranged a shuttle service to give those people who want a lift assistance from Lot 29. A number of 10- to 20-seat shuttles will run back and forth to assist pedestrians.

Changes within Doak Campbell Stadium

  • Florida State has contracted Legends as their concession vendor. Legends will handle concessions in the stadium this season and will take over operations of the skyboxes and the Dunlap Champions Club in 2022. 
  • More information will come in October regarding Legend’s plans for managing the University Center Club, which was under the management of Club Corporation for more than 25 years. Sources at FSU expect Legends to run the club much like it has been in the past, including membership dining as well as banquet services. We’ll learn the details in October.
  • FSU has engaged Collonade, a hospitality group to provide guest services for skybox and club seating patrons. 

If you have questions you would like addressed, please email me at [email protected] and discuss your thoughts on the Osceola’s message board.