Sod Cemetery adds audio history lesson for fans

The Florida State Sod Cemetery has added a new fan-friendly feature for the 2021 season. Fans and visitors can now “Press a Button” on the cemetery fence 24/7 and hear a brief history of the Sod Game Tradition, including music and historic game radio clips created by Seminole Productions.

On gamedays, a longer version with music and comments from legendary players like Charlie Ward and Marvin Jones, who brought home the victory sod, as well as Gene Deckerhoff’s radio play calls, will be on a running loop for fans to enjoy.

“We wanted the cemetery to come alive and be a fun part of a visit to Doak,” Sod Cemetery keeper Doug Mannheimer said. “We hope that fans will visit the Cemetery and enjoy it with friends. This Sunday, the Cemetery will feature blue and gold flowers placed next to the four bronze markers honoring Sod Victories over the visiting Fighting Irish.”

The Sod Game Tradition is in its 63rd year. The Cemetery was founded by FSU Dean Coyle Moore in 1962 following the Seminoles’ 18-0 upset win at Georgia on Athens. Before Dean Moore’s passing on 1989, he passed on the keeper duties to Mannheimer, a Tallahassee attorney.

The Sod Cemetery is maintained by the Coyle Moore Family Trust, Seminole Boosters, FSU Athletics and the Extra Point Club.