Winning Game Plan for FSU Fans

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News Release: FSU
September 2, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the Florida State University Seminoles gear up for the first of seven home football games this season, FSU police are reminding football fans that their own game day playbooks should include getting an early start to Doak Campbell Stadium and exhibiting their best behavior.

“Fan expectations are at an all-time high this year as the Seminoles attempt to repeat as national champions. While we want our fans to have a great time and enjoy what promises to be an outstanding season, we strongly encourage fans to be responsible with their alcohol consumption and to behave in a manner that reflects positively on themselves and Florida State University,” said David L. Perry, the university’s assistant vice president for safety and chief of police.

The first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, when the Seminoles take on the Citadel Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

New this year:

  • To enhance public safety during pre-game tailgating, yellow restriction lines have been added to the lots surrounding Doak Campbell Stadium to keep lanes clear of folding chairs, charcoal grills and other tailgating supplies.

  • Fans who are part of the disabled parking program and parked in Lot 9 can be dropped off by Gate H and Gate D.

  • FSU students can enter through any gate except Gate A with a valid ID and game ticket.
  • Familiarity with the following additional policies and services will enhance the game-day experience for all football fans:


    PARKING LOT AND BUILDING CLOSURES: University police will begin closing parking lots and roads and posting “no parking” signs in various locations around the stadium at midnight prior to game day. Fans who park in prohibited areas, such as reserved parking lots, landscaped areas and sidewalks, are subject to being ticketed or having their vehicles towed. In addition, the stadium will close at 2 p.m. on the day before each home game. Champions Way will close at 5 a.m. on game day, and Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center will be closed to fans two hours before each home game.


    TRAFFIC INSTRUCTIONS: Fans parking around the stadium are encouraged to use the following roadways to gain access to parking on and around FSU’s campus:

  • From the north, use Stadium Drive or Macomb Street to Pensacola Street.

  • From the east, use Pensacola or Gaines streets.

  • From the west, use Pensacola or Tennessee streets to Stadium Drive.

  • From the south, use Lake Bradford Road.
  • Traffic direction will not be changed prior to games, but postgame traffic will be routed one way eastbound on Pensacola Street. Tallahassee Police Department officers will staff the intersections surrounding the stadium before and after home games.

    Because of remaining construction on Gaines Street, postgame traffic patterns have been modified to help fans who park in Lot 14 (intramural fields) get back on the road safely and efficiently. This year, Lake Bradford Road and Orange Avenue will be used to direct drivers south away from the stadium, then toward Monroe Street and Capital Circle to Interstate 10.

    SPIRIT EXPRESS SHUTTLE: This bus service, operated by the City of Tallahassee/StarMetro, originates at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Fans should park at the Tucker Center or in nearby state parking garages.Tickets will be on sale at the Tucker Center ticket office. Service begins two hours prior to kickoff. Separate Spirit Express vans for special needs fans are available at FSU Garage No. 5, corner of Macomb and Copeland streets, and at FSU Garage No. 6, corner of St. Augustine and Dunwoody streets. Fares collected on the vans require correct change or a ticket. No open containers or coolers are allowed on Spirit Express buses or vans. Service ends one hour after the end of each game.

    GAME DAY DISABLED PARKING: In an effort to meet the needs of fans with disabilities, FSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance (EOC) coordinates the Disabled Parking Program (DPP) for home football games. All disabled parking spaces within proximity of the stadium and additional spaces in a nearby parking garage are reserved for participants in the DPP. EOC pre-assigns these spaces to individuals who have submitted an application to participate in the program; location priority is based on need. To aid patrons with mobility impairments, Dial-A-Ride accessible shuttles and Gotcha cars are available to transport patrons to and from the garage and their gate. See EOC’s DPP website
    Click HERE
    for an application.

    For fans with disabilities who do not reserve parking prior to game day, the EOC provides unreserved offsite ADA parking at the Copeland Street Parking Garage. A Dial-A-Ride-accessible shuttle is available to and from the Copeland Street Parking Garage and gates D and H at the stadium beginning five hours prior to kickoff. The shuttle runs continuously until an hour after the game ends.

    For additional information on the DPP, Dial-A-Ride, Gotcha, unreserved ADA parking, or for any other game day accessibility questions, contact the EOC at (850) 645-6519.

    ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: Florida State University offers Assisted Listening Devices (ALD) for people with hearing impairments. The ALD amplifies the message broadcast over the main scoreboard to a receiver worn by the person. To obtain an ALD, individuals will need a valid driver’s license or State ID (used as collateral). For additional information or to check out the device, stop by the FSU Police Sub-Station located outside Gate C.

    GOLF CARTS: Golf carts without official authorization and required placards will not be permitted in or around the stadium.


    ELECTRONIC SIGN BOARDS: Electronic message boards over gates C, F, J and K provide fans with information or emergency messages related to weather or possible game delays.

    CONTROLLED ENTRY AT ALL GATES: To make entry into the stadium more orderly and efficient, fans will be funneled into one of two lines: Those “with bags and purses” and those “without bags and purses.” Allowable bag sizes of 12-by-6-by-12 will be strictly enforced. For fan convenience, “bag-size boxes” will be provided to measure against upon approach to the gates and in selected areas of parking lots closer to the stadium.

    PUBLIC ENTRY POLICIES: For security purposes, all football tickets have barcodes that must be individually scanned before each fan is permitted to enter the stadium, and no one will be allowed to re-enter the stadium once he or she exits.

    COLOR-CODED ID WRISTBANDS: Upon request, the FSU Police Department will provide color-coded ID wristbands marked with seat and contact numbers for children, the elderly and people with disabilities in case they become separated from family members before, during or after the game. Fans interested in this service can stop by the police substation located at Gate C.

    FSU STUDENT ENTRY/SEATING POLICIES: Student ticketing is paperless — the tickets will be loaded directly onto students’ ID cards. Students can enter through any gate except Gate A. The student entry/seating policy is “as easy as 1-2-3”:

  • ONE seat per person; first come, first served; no saving seats.

  • The stadium opens TWO hours prior to kickoff.

  • All lines outside the gates open THREE hours prior to kickoff –– no lines may form before that time; no tailgating in line; no holding places in line for friends.

    APPROVED ITEMS AND PROHIBITED ITEMS: Fans are allowed to bring the following approved items:

  • Medically necessary items, such as oxygen and required wheelchairs.

  • Empty water bottles to fill at water stations once inside the stadium.

  • Small amounts of food for accompanying infants and toddlers.

  • Purchases from the Seminole Sports Shop, such as bottled beverages with approved decals.

  • Keys, wallets and cell phones.

  • Bags that do not exceed the size limit of 12-by-6-by-12.

  • Stadium seats, as long as they do not have arms.
  • The following items are prohibited:

  • Outside beverages or food.

  • Coolers; umbrellas; strollers and diaper bags.

  • Bags larger than 12-by-6-by-12, including backpacks and camera bags.
  • ‘SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING’ TEXT/PHONE LINE: For fans who witness a security concern, the “See Something – Say Something” text and phone line will be available. Text the word “fsufan” along with a message and your location or seat number to 35842. Standard text-message rates apply. Fans also may call (850) 645-JERK (645-5375) if there are any problems with unruly or abusive behavior in their section. Law enforcement officers will respond promptly and take appropriate action.


    MARCHING CHIEFS PREGAME SHOW: The Marching Chiefs’ pregame “skull session” is a public rehearsal held at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to kickoff. During the rehearsal, each section of the band plays a song for the crowd, followed by the full band playing the “FSU Fight Song” and selections from that day’s half-time show.

    GARNET AND GOLD GOES GREEN: With 145 tons of recyclable materials collected to date, the “Garnet and Gold Goes Green” recycling program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The program and its volunteers will have recycling stations set up in the lots surrounding the stadium, at stadium entrances and in concessions areas. Additional City of Tallahassee trash cans will be set up along major walking routes to the stadium to help keep game day litter free.

    GOLDEN GREETERS: Members of the Extra Point Club — an auxiliary of Seminole Athletics — will serve as Golden Greeters, welcoming fans as they enter the stadium. As “customer service liaisons” between the Athletic Department and the public, the Golden Greeters will be available to answer fans’ questions until roughly 30 minutes after kickoff.

    MISTING STATIONS: Fans will be able to cool off at misting stations inside the stadium near gates B, F, H and L during the first three home games (Citadel, Sept. 6; Clemson, Sept. 20; and Wake Forest, Oct. 4). If temperatures warrant, the stations will be available during the Notre Dame game Oct. 18.

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