How are you going to spend your game day? Are you planning a Doak Campbell Stadium experience or creating a Seminole Gameday in your own space?
Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech will address many of the football weekend experiences Seminole fans have been asking for. You’ll find hotels available for under $149 with no two-night minimums. There will be fewer cars coming to and from the game, fewer people in concession lines or using the restrooms. No knees in your back and plenty of leg room in front of you! You’ll enjoy a chair back seat and wait for it … you can now buy beer and enjoy it in your seat as you watch Seminole football!
Pretty awesome, right?
The 2020 season is for the football purist, hungry to focus on the game, to watch linemen, linebackers, coaches interacting with players on the sidelines, without the distraction of the party around the typical gameday. And, boy, is this Georgia Tech game, and this season, the right year to eliminate all the distractions and to pay attention to what Mike Norvell and his staff are doing to change the culture and performance of this football program.
Virtual Experience for those not at Doak
The game will be broadcast at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. You can listen to Gene Deckerhoff and William Floyd on Sirius 105 XM 193 on the Seminole Radio Network.
And don’t forget to check out the virtual Sod Talk with Warrick Dunn.
Hotels are available and reasonably priced
With 1,000 new rooms increasing the supply and demand for those rooms plummeting with only 14,000 Boosters and Alumni permitted into the 79,000-seat stadium, hotel rates have fallen and the guaranteed two-night minimum with them. You can choose a room at about any price you want to pay, from as little as $59 per night. Check out some options on visittallahassee.com.
Things to do in town plentiful
While there will be no Block Party in College Town this year, the College Town restaurants and merchants will be open and offer outdoor dining options. The area will be socially distanced but still lively. Don’t forget Madison Social and the University Center Club for brunch on Sunday.
Be sure to check out the new Indigo Hotel Lobby Bar and Restaurant on Gaines Street, the newest addition to College Town. Rooms still available starting at $119.
“College Town was designed with an upper and lower walkway. We’ve blocked off the upper walkway to create a lot more outdoor dining space for the merchants,” said Paul Phipps, Chief Marketing Officer for Seminole Boosters. “There’s more outdoor dining in College Town than anywhere else in Tallahassee.”
51 on Madison will be open but due to social distancing guidelines will be limited to reservations only.
University Center Club weekend experience
The private membership club is a great option on Friday Night for dinner, drinks and music with plenty of fresh breezes on the Dunlap Champions Club’s expansive outdoor terraces. If you are interested in a reservation, or to join the members only club, call membership director Cherrie Barbree at (850) 644-8528. Ask about membership and reservations for Friday dining and access to the third floor club on game day, where you can enjoy the clubs amenities including upgraded concessions, adult beverages and air conditioning.
While College Town and the University Center Club offer open-air options for dining and drinks near the stadium, there are many other venues with outdoor seating emanating. A walk east along Gaines Street will take you by numerous options. Railroad Square is a fun area of activity, just south on MLK Blvd. If you like craft beer, you will want to check out Proof Brewery’s new Beer Tasting Garden and Tap Room on South Monroe Street just a couple of blocks south of Gaines Street, which offers food and an expansive outdoor patio with yard games.
And don’t forget The Edison in Cascades Park, which has a scenic outdoor bar overlooking the Cascades’ water features.
Downtown, the Doubletree Hotel’s offers a nice outdoor rooftop bar. Hotel Duval also features Level 8 an outdoor bar with a terrific sunset view of the city.
IL Lusso is a new, high-end Italian Steakhouse on Monroe and Park Avenue offers limited outdoor dining and indoor bar seating. Savour is a nice restaurant along Park Avenue but does not offer outdoor seating.
If you are staying off Apalachee Parkway, Miller’s Ale House and Corner Pocket offer outdoor dining and bar service and a lot of televisions to enjoy. Hobbit Hoagie on Capital Circle also offers indoor and outdoor service.
One of our favorite open-air places to dine is Table 23 — “A Southern Porch” — in Midtown. It features an expansive outdoor bar and tables under the big Oak tree.
Right across the street is the OverUnder, which features tapas and a full patio bar upstairs. A little further North on Thomasville, just past I-10, you’ll enjoy Island Wing Co., which features an extensive menu, full bar, and large outdoor patio with live music and numerous televisions to enjoy games. A little farther North on Thomasville Rd, you’ll find Coosh’s Cajun Restaurant (which also has a location in CollegeTown), and you’ll find numerous outdoor venues at Bannerman Crossing, including Blue Halo, Mom & Dads.
If you want to try something very laid back and uniquely Tallahassee, you’ll want to check out Fish Camp at Lake Iamonna, my current favorite place to be at sunset. Located 16 miles north of I-10 via Thomasville Road and off Highway 12, you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset — often with airboats in the foreground — live rock and roll music, casual food, cold beer and wine with tables and chairs under the trees.
Tickets are still available
There’s not many but if you are itching to go to the game, the FSU ticket office does have a few three-game packs still remaining for sale in the stadium and in the Dunlap Champions Club. Give them a call at (850) 644-1830 or visit Stubhub.com for other options.
Masks and social distancing are required as you enter and move about the stadium. Masks are not required when in your seat watching the game. And bring your credit card as no cash will be accepted inside the stadium.
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