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Sports, music, connect with friends in busy FSU spring game weekend

The spring football game is the centerpiece for a big weekend on Florida State’s campus, one that includes beach volleyball matches, softball games and honoring legends. If you’re in Tallahassee or coming back, or watching from back home on TV, here’s a roadmap for the next few days.

Friday: Beach volleyball, softball, block party

The FSU beach volleyball team plays three matches on Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. And the FSU softball team, which is 36-2, faces off with Virginia Tech (27-4) in a top-5 showdown, with game 1 on Friday at 6 p.m. (there’s also a live stream on ACC Network Extra). If you can’t grab softball tickets, arrive early and find a good spot in the parking deck across the street to catch a few innings or hang out with a fun view from the cheap seats.

There will also be a block party in CollegeTown from 6-10 p.m. featuring a concert with King Calaway.

Saturday: Three sports, legends, concert

Eat a big breakfast because it’s a day filled with games, music and a trip down memory lane. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. so that you can tailgate and connect with old friends before deciding whether to catch a beach volleyball match at 12:30 p.m. or softball at 1 p.m. (also a live stream on ACC Network Extra).

Following beach volleyball or softball, make your way over to Doak Campbell Stadium to catch warmups. (You can buy spring game tickets here, they are all $10 and general admission so it’s your chance to sit on the 50-yard line or wherever you want.) If you have tickets in the Champions Club, star cornerback Terrell Buckley will have his pillar unveiled at a ceremony around 3:30 p.m. On the field, Gene Deckerhoff will also be honored before kickoff.

Oh, yes: The game starts at 5 p.m. It’s a good chance to see the progress the Seminoles have made since you last saw them in November. Coach Mike Norvell won’t divide players up into two teams, instead opting for offense vs. defense and a game that should feature a good amount of “good on good.” There will be four guest coaches (Peter Boulware, Danny Kanell, EJ Manuel and Bryant McFadden), while Buckley will be an honorary captain.

Stick around after the game for country star Chris Janson, who is known for songs like “Fix a drink” and “Buy me a boat.” And if you want an opportunity to get on the field at Doak for the concert, those are available for $20.

Sunday: Reflections, softball wraps up

What did you think of the spring game and the weekend? The Osceola staff will post our thoughts on Sunday and you can of course share observations with subscribers on the message board. The Garnet and Gold 4-miler will also take participants through campus on a run (or walk) that wraps up with the finish line inside Doak.

And if you’re staying through Sunday afternoon, catch the FSU-VT softball finale at noon (live on ACC Network).