FSU to enforce stricter policies at home games, including wear masks inside Doak Campbell Stadium

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 3:19 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTSP) — Florida State University has enacted new policies for fans attending home football games at Doak Campbell Stadium.

247Sports reported the new policies were sent in an email from athletic director David Coburn, and come after the university was criticized after some fans were seen not wearing masks earlier this month during the season opener against Georgia Tech.

The new policies mean students attending home games must test negative for COVID-19 in the week before the game.

Testing is available Monday and Wednesday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Any fan not wearing a mask during games will be asked to put one on or leave the stadium, according to Coburn’s email.

Earlier this month, FSU said tailgating would not be allowed at the Sept. 12 home opener because of a rise in COVID-19 cases. Coburn also said that policy could be adjusted as the season goes on.

The Sept. 26 game in Miami will be missing FSU head coach Mike Norvell, who last week tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantine. The attendance in Miami is also capped to 13,000 people.

The full email from Coburn can be read below.

Dear FSU Students,

Attending football games is a cherished tradition at Florida State University, and I know you all want to continue to be able to cheer on our team in person. To do that, it is critical that everyone follows health and safety protocols and do everything that we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.  As President Thrasher stated in his letter to students on Friday, that will include changes to the student football ticket request process. The new policy requires students to test negative for COVID-19 during the week prior to each football home game they are planning to attend. This policy goes into effect immediately, beginning with the Florida State-Jacksonville State game on Oct. 3.  The new student football ticket procedures for the Oct. 3 game are as follows:

  • Students who request tickets must be tested at the Tucker Center COVID-19 Test Site between 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The online registration window will open on Thursday, Sept. 24, to sign up for a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Students may sign up for testing at
  • The Student Ticket Request Period runs from 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 29. Requests will not be accepted after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Students can request tickets at
  • Students who are eligible to receive their requested ticket will be notified by Friday, Oct. 2, pending a negative test result. All test results are confidential and Athletics Department personnel do not have access to private medical information.
  • Tickets will be emailed to eligible students by 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
  • Students who do not get tested during the Monday – Wednesday window or who receive a positive COVID-19 test result will not be eligible for a ticket. Students who test positive will be contacted by FSU’s SAFER contact assessment team. Please keep in mind that a number of additional factors may also determine your eligibility for tickets, including student conduct code violations.
  • Students who already have a positive COVID-19 test result on file with the university but are no longer positive and have been officially cleared to be on campus are not required to test again to be eligible for football tickets. Students who test for the purpose of football tickets who are also selected for the randomized program that week may utilize the same test for both purposes. Due to privacy laws and regulations, we are only able to accept tests that have been completed through the campus testing program.

In addition, the following policies also will be strictly enforced on game days:

  • Any fan who is not wearing a mask will be asked to put on a mask or leave the event.
  • Any student who violates the University’s safety protocol will not have access to the ticket lottery system in the future.
  • Students must sit in seats designated by a decal stating “SIT HERE”. Any student who is sitting or standing in an unauthorized location will be asked to move or leave the event.
  • Tailgates will continue to be prohibited.

I urge everyone to stay vigilant as we all play a part in battling COVID-19: Continue to wear face coverings, comply with social distancing guidelines, wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making FSU football games a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone rooting on the Seminoles!


David Coburn

Director of Athletics

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