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 strategy should include getting an early start to Doak Campbell Stadium and being on their best behavior.
“We encourage our fans to have a great time cheering on the Seminoles with family and friends, and to be responsible,” said FSU Police Chief David Perry.
The first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 3, when the Seminoles take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.
FSU fans will see some new features at this season’s football games. Among them:
ELECTRONIC SIGN BOARDS
New electronic message boards will be installed at gates C, F, J and K. They will provide fans with information flashes, such as “Kickoff in 10 minutes” or emergency messages related to weather or possible game delays.
CONTROLLED ENTRY AT ALL GATES
This year, in an effort to make entry into the stadium faster and more efficient, portable pedestrian barricades will funnel fans into lines for those with or without bags and purses for a more orderly approach.
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.
Fans will be able to cool off at misting stations during the first three home games while the weather remains unbearably hot. (Louisiana-Monroe, Sept. 3; Charleston Southern, Sept. 10; and Oklahoma, Sept. 17)
MARCHING CHIEFS PREGAME SHOW
While the baseball field at Dick Howser Stadium is being renovated, the Marching Chiefs’ pregame “skull session” — a public rehearsal session — will be held on the band practice field, located to the north of the FSU Flying High Circus. During the skull session, each section of the band plays a song for the crowd, followed by the full band playing the “FSU Fight Song.”
As in the past, Tallahassee Police Department officers will staff the intersections surrounding the stadium before and after home games. All stadium parking traffic must use Pensacola Street. Westbound traffic on West Jefferson Street before, during and after home games will not have access to stadium parking. While traffic direction will not be changed prior to games, postgame traffic will be routed one way eastbound on Pensacola Street.
Because of construction on Gaines Street, postgame traffic patterns have been modified to help fans parking in the new, temporary Lot 9 on Madison Street and in Lot 14 (intramural fields) to get back on the road safely and efficiently. This year, Lake Bradford Road and Orange Avenue will continue to be used to direct drivers south away from the stadium, then toward Monroe Street and Capital Circle to I-10. Those parking in Lot 9 and Lot 14 will have the opportunity to enjoy extended postgame tailgating to ease any potential traffic jams.
SPIRIT EXPRESS SHUTTLE
St. Augustine Street will be used exclusively for the Spirit Express Shuttle operated by Annett Bus Lines. Fans are encouraged to park at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center or nearby state parking garages and take the shuttle to the stadium. The cost is $5 per person round trip; children under 12 ride free. The shuttle service begins two hours prior to kickoff.
Handicapped parking will be located at the FSU parking garage at the corner of St. Augustine and Copeland streets (the parking garage is adjacent to the Turnbull Center), where specially designated shuttles will be available. On the FSU campus, every lot has designated handicapped spaces. For information about handicapped and disabled parking in a Seminole Booster-permitted lot, call FSU Transportation Services at (850) 644-5278 or the Student Disability Resource Center at (850) 644-9566 (voice) or (850) 644-8504 (TDD for the deaf).
Golf carts without official authorization and required placards will not be permitted in or around the stadium.
GARNET AND GOLD GOES GREEN
Now in its seventh season, the “Garnet and Gold Goes Green” recycling program and its volunteers will have recycling stations set up in the lots surrounding the stadium, at stadium entrances and in concessions areas. Police are also emphasizing the safe disposal of all charcoal.
TICKETS/STADIUM 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. To provide extra protection for children, the elderly and people with disabilities in case they become separated from family members before, during or after the game, Perry said the FSUPD will, upon request, provide color-coded ID wristbands marked with seat and contact numbers. Patrons interested in this service can stop by the police substation located at Gate C.
The student general seating policy is as easy as 1-2-3:
•Only ONE seat per person; first come, first served; no saving seats.
•The stadium opens TWO hours before kickoff; suggested entry gates for students are K, L and M. Students must have their FSU ID with them to enter with a student ticket.
•All lines outside the gates open THREE hours prior to kickoff –– no lines may form prior to that time; no tailgating in line; no holding places in line for friends.
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO THE GAME
Once inside the stadium, all fans must follow these rules:
•No outside food and beverages; coolers, ice chests, ice bags, large backpacks, umbrellas, large flags or banners on sticks; no beach balls or passing people over fans’ heads. Only empty water bottles can be brought into the stadium.
•No smoking except in designated outdoor areas of gates B and L.
•No baby carriages or chair backs too large for a single seat.
•No alcoholic beverages. (Possession of alcohol in the stands will result in ejection and possible criminal charges.)
‘SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING’ TEXT AND PHONE INFORMATION
For fans that witness a security concern, the “See Something – Say Something” text line and phone number 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.
PRE-GAME LOT AND BUILDING CLOSURES
Preparations for home games begin well before each matchup, and university police will begin closing off roads and posting “no parking” signs in various locations around the stadium the afternoon prior to game day. Fans who park in prohibited areas, such as landscaped areas and sidewalks, are subject to being ticketed or having their vehicle towed. In addition, the stadium will close at 2 p.m. on the day before each home game. Stadium Drive 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.