Stadium: Doak S. Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, FL)
Doak S. Campbell Stadium at Florida State University evolved from a field with 15,000 capacity grandstands in 1950 to one of the ACC’s toughest home environments for one of the conferences’ most competitive teams.
What is the Doak known for?
“The Marching Chiefs”
Each Seminoles home game kicks off with the school band known as “The Marching Chiefs” – a group that dates back longer than the stadium itself. While the fight song is played, the live mascot, Osceola (named after a Seminole leader), enters on his horse. He enters holding a flaming spear and puts it in the turf, hyping up the crowd and team before each game.
“Bobby Bowden Field”
The stadium underwent a slight name change in 2004 when it became “Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium” to honor the face of Florida State Football – former head coach Bobby Bowden. He coached the Seminoles for 33 years (1976-2009) and retired at 4th place on the list of all-time winningest college football coaches. He still regularly makes appearances at games.
Deion Sanders, Defensive Back (Years at Florida State: 1985-1988)
Deion “Primetime” Sanders solidified himself as one of the best athletes ever after starting out as a Seminole. As both a defensive back and kick returner, Sanders became a threat to score or make an exciting play every time he touched the ball. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL for numerous teams – mainly the Falcons and Cowboys. Sanders also notably played 9 seasons of pro baseball in the MLB, as well.
Anquan Boldin, Wide Receiver (1999-2002)
Boldin truly showed off his football abilities at Florida State, becoming a star wide receiver while also occasionally taking snaps at running back or quarterback (a position he played in high school.) He was drafted 2nd round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2003. He established himself as one of the NFL’s toughest possession receivers over his career with the Cardinals, Ravens, and 49ers.
Lee Corso (1953-1957)
Everyone knows Lee Corso from his role on ESPN’s College Gameday, featuring him donning the mascot head of the team he picks for the big game. What you might not know is he played quarterback at FSU from 1953 to 1957. After his playing days ended, he was a graduate assistant with the ‘Noles in 1958.
Did You Know?
The structure around Doak Campbell Stadium houses Florida State University offices and several classrooms. If you wind up as a Seminole, you might be spending more time around the stadium than you think!
Why Should You Commit Here?
“The Doak” is one of the most unique game day experiences in the ACC, and maybe college football. You’ll be following in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in football and making your own legacy as Osceola and The Marching Chiefs escort you onto the field.