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Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium

Tallahassee, FL

Home of the Florida State Seminoles

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Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium (map it)
Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304


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Year Opened: 1950

Capacity: 84,409

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The Tradition of Being a Seminole

Tradition is the cornerstone of a great college football program. It is an energy that is fueled by the success of those who contribute to history. If you walk around the campus of Florida State University, Bobby Bowden will be the most prevalent history lesson. There is even a statue commemorating his accomplishments outside Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, where Bobby Bowden field resides.

Florida State football reached incredible levels of success in the 1990’s under Bowden’s leadership, securing two national championships in 1993 and 1999. The program found prominence again in 2013 with another national title. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and Quarterback Jameis Winston revitalized the program with their passion for the game and vision for the future.

Tradition is an act that when executed properly, sends chills down your spine. The flaming of the spear in Seminole lore is a sacred act, led by Chief Osceola and his steed, Renegade. As the spear is plunged into midfield before the start of the game, the entire crowd exhales “ahoo!” in perfect unison.

The tradition is all around you. The entire stadium is surrounded by brick to match the unique architecture of the campus. The bricks also do a great job of keeping noise trapped inside to intimidate visiting schools.

Doak S. Campbell Stadium is named after former FSU president Doak Campbell, and has been in use since its first game in 1950 with an original capacity of 15,000. Since then, the stadium has grown to a capacity of 82,000, creating one of the best college football atmospheres in the country.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Food and beverage options are always a distinct representation of the part of the country you visit for a good stadium experience. There's nothing better than kicking back with an ice cold lemonade and bag of boiled peanuts if you decide to visit Tallahassee. Even if it's late October, the weather will still be fair enough for a southern tradition. Iced tea is also available to complete the cool beverage collection. Have one of each if you like.

Everything is fairly priced between $3-$10 for basic items. The snack carts are by far the best option. They include the aforementioned bag of boiled peanuts. The full list of goodies includes funnel cakes, snow cones, cotton candy, corn dogs, and churros. It's like being at the carnival! You can also snag a hot dog ($4.50), hamburger ($6), or "super pretzel" ($4).

Atmosphere    5

A great college football atmosphere comes from rich tradition and support from the university and its community. Florida State does this as well as any school in the country. A sea of garnet and gold greets you as you make your way to the stadium. The structure is a magnificent sight from around the entire campus. The brick is a gorgeous contribution to the aesthetic appeal of the experience. Once inside, Bobby Bowden Field greets your eyes and makes you feel part of a bunker, side by side with some of the best fans in college football surrounded by the bricks that make up the stadium. It's a really cool feeling, but most importantly, it's extremely unique.

A great atmosphere must have those factors that isolate the experience into something fresh and exciting. The noise is instantly felt in your muscles as Chief Osceola strides across the field on horseback to plant the flaming spear into the middle of the field. Opening kickoff brings another notch of energy. Just wait until the first third down on defense, the noise is deafening. A true college football atmosphere is difficult to find, one that makes you awe at its greatness. This one takes it home.

Neighborhood    4

Tallahassee is the capital city of the great state of Florida. There is a lot to do and explore here, and it's definitely worth a weekend if you can find a place to stay downtown. The brew scene is solid and offers some good options to hang out before or after the game. Craft beer is the trade in the capital city and there are a lot of breweries to check out. The Brass Tap and Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub are superb locations to try a variety of local brews.

The nature trails in and around the city (and on campus) offer some beautiful scenery and a great alternative if you're looking for some physical activity during your stay.

The FSU campus is a beautiful walk during any time of year, but especially early Fall in the middle of the college football season. Take some time to explore the areas around the stadium before heading in for the game. One of the most popular late night or postgame spots for food is Guthrie's Golden Fried Chicken Fingers, located just off campus. This is the place for some delicious fried chicken and some of the best homemade sauce around. You won't hit everything on your first visit, so be sure to check out these highlights.

Fans    5

The fans that fill the seats at Doak love their Seminoles, and they get loud at the most opportune moments, including huge third down plays on defense. The brick structure keeps all of the sound in and it reverberates around the entire stadium. The student section is located in the Northeast corner and provides most of the energy. The Florida State Seminole Marching Chiefs are the best addition to the fans and stadium atmosphere.

The Seminole War Chant is a proud tradition in Tallahassee. This is something that has to be experienced to truly understand how special it is. Every fan in the stadium begins to chop their arms in perfect harmony in response to the War Chant played by the marching band. You will notice this being utilized in key moments during the game to intimidate opposing teams.

Access    4

At first, the access to Doak Campbell Stadium seems congested and poorly organized, until you start making moves. There are plenty of lots to park in for an affordable price ($20-$25) and all of them are a short walk to the stadium. This is one of the best surprises of the experience. The school does a great job of making the stadium accessible in any direction. The ticket office is located outside the south end zone across the lawn. The lines are usually pretty short, especially closer to kickoff.

The stadium is built with pretty tight concourses and foot traffic doesn't seem to pick a direction. It becomes less crowded the higher up you sit, but the lines at concessions down below can get long. The concourses don't make a full circle around the stadium, so be wary of this when you're touring the facility because you could hit a dead end.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are expensive, which is expected in relation to a prestigious college football program. The money you spend is worth an authentic college football experience at one of the premier stadiums in the country. The concessions are very reasonably priced and you'll forget about the ticket price as soon as you take part in a war chant with 82,000 screaming Seminole fans.

Extras    5

The flaming spear at midfield will make your entire experience. Take it in.

The Chief Osceola and Bobby Bowden statues are excellent points of interest.

The war chant deserves another point here for pure entertainment purposes.

One more point for the beautiful facade of the stadium.

The Marching Chiefs earn the fifth point for a great halftime performance.

Final Thoughts

Tradition leaves an impression on a unique experience. It's the nature of its energy. Tallahassee is a required city on any fan's destination list. A game at Doak Campbell will bring chills down your spine and war chants in your ears. It will leave an impression on your vision of what a great college football program represents. Most importantly, Doak Campbell Stadium will provide an exceptional stadium experience.

Ride the shuttle

Never been a fan of parking away from the stadium and paying to ride the bus to the stadium but FSU has made an art out of the bus ride. We parked at the Civic center, which is a long way from the stadium, and rode the shuttle to the stadium. Unlike other places they have a 'bus-route-only' road where all traffic must stop for the bus. You are in and out in no time. Nice experience.

by pbt140 | Aug 05, 2014 11:47 AM

Doak Campbell Stadium

I've been going to games since I was a small child. I'm now a student, and have never heard anyone call it "The Doak"
Other than that it was a great article.

by lhamic | Jun 10, 2015 02:02 PM

Sod cemetary

Chief Osceola riding out and throwing a flaming spear IS pretty amazing, but the sod cemetery is a little weird - does the coach like them messing with his turf like that?

by Aaron S. Terry | Oct 22, 2015 05:30 PM

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Crowd Reviews

The Doak

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

To college football fans around the world it's known simply as "The Doak". Doak Campbell Stadium has been the home of the Florida State Seminoles since their inaugural game in 1950. Doak Campbell Stadium may not be one of the largest stadiums in college football, but with a rowdy capacity crowd it can definitely produce one of the loudest atmospheres. The Doak currently has the capacity to hold 82,000 screaming fans, but on the night I attended against a #1 ranked Oklahoma team they were able to pack in a record 84,392 fans. The Doak definitely provides one of the best atmospheres in college football from the traditions like Chief Osceola riding on the field to the traditional FSU war chant, Florida State is definitely near the top of the line when it comes to a great atmosphere.

Going to be hard to top this in all of college football.

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Food & Beverage: Nothing special at all. Chik Fil A and Pizza Hut pizza are the more standout items. Not great when chain food is the best available.
Atmosphere: Chief Osceola, Renegade, War Chant
Neighborhood: Pleasant and picturesque.
Fans: Students are late arriving, but overall loud and obnoxious. Great fans.
Access: No parking near the stadium, but shuttle available from the TLC Double C for $5 round trip.
Return on Invest: No place as unique as this in college football.
Extras: Traditions + Championships + College Football in the South

FSU

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

prices over inflated, low quality, basic fare, nothing that enhances fan experience. I will eat before or sneak food and beverage in.

Top College Football Experience

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Doak Cambell Stadium is set amongst rolling hills in Florida's captial city, Tallahassee. FSU's campus is simply breathtaking with a Southern gothic type of architecture. Surrounded by thousands of bricks, from the outside, one wouldn't know a stadium was behind all of the office buildings and towers that is Doak Cambell Stadium. The warchant, Marching Chiefs and Chief Oceola and Renegade make the atomsphere at The Doak one of the nation's best.
Go Noles!

Style Over Substance

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

While a lot of fans seem to enjoy this place, I didn't have the same enjoyment. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I didn't love it. I felt like while the place itself was a gem, especially on the outside and around, the football experience seemed like it was lacking something.

Food and beverage: overall a decent variety, but I tried a Chili's wrap at the game and it was brutally awful. My buddy took the easier route and ordered a dog, but he said the buns were stale and lacked any flavor for the dog.

Atmosphere: With all the traditions they have, the atmosphere is pretty strong. They honored their past teams for the most part and of course the spear being thrown was pretty neat. Of course the band really rocked especially to the chop.

Neighborhood: The campus has numerous places to grab a bite to eat and all looked really well. On campus, the architecture looks amazing. Definitely a place to stroll by before and after the game.

Fans: A little disappointed with this one. The fans were not really into the game, at least not the students. The ones who were there to watch football were pretty good, but they weren't the nicest people around, shoving others to get to their seats and not really apologizing about it.

Access: Wasn't bad. You found a lot of spots around the campus or even on campus for $10. Very good deal, but forget anything close by the stadium.

ROI: Tickets are relatively easy to come by if it isn't Florida State's big rivals such as Miami, Florida, or Clemson. You get a top tier football school when you pay for it regardless, so you can't go wrong there.

Extras: I think the exeterior build of the stadium is the best I've seen at any football place with the brick facade. It seemed like a large castle, which is fine. It is better than the slabs of cement I've seen at Clemson, Auburn, and Mississippi State. And the guy in me adds a point for all the college girls dressed in short shorts for the Seminoles.

Overall I think the place is really a beautiful looking stadium, but I thought there were some things that really disappointed me, such as the fans a bit, the food inside the place, and the inside of the stadium itself. It was just merely a large bowl that really didn't stand out in my eyes. So overall I felt let down despite the great atomosphere.

review

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Fantastic

Great

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Easily one of the best places I have ever been to. Great atmosphere, great fans, and great tradition.

Steeped in traditions

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Great experience - from Chief Osceola riding out to throw the flaming spear, to his statue out front, to doing the Tomahawk Chop with 80 thousand others, seeing a game here is pretty cool. Parking is difficult to find, but there are some restaurants within walking distance (albeit it mostly fast food) so that is a plus.

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