Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium (map it)
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Year Opened: 1950
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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.
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The Doak provides just about anything you might be looking for from delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels and so on to one of my personal favorites a Chick-fil-A. The Doak doesn't provide anything absolutely over the top but does have a good variety of options. Doak Campbell Stadium, like many college stadiums, is alcohol free but there are plenty of other options to choose from such as lemonade, water and a variety of Coca-Cola products. If you are looking for an alcoholic beverage, you should hit up one of the many tailgates outside the stadium as alcohol seemed to run aplenty out there with me noting numerous tailgates with their own kegs. Overall the Doak has a pretty good variety at decent prices if you're in absolute need of something. I personally advise going out to eat before or after the game, or if you're wearing your garnet and gold you should have no problem picking up a snack from one of the tailgating crews.
You won't find a much better atmosphere than what you will find at Doak Campbell Stadium. It's definitely one of the top atmospheres in college football. From the band making the walk into the stadium to the war chant that can probably be heard from I-10 on game day, the Doak provides one of the best atmospheres. As you walk around the stadium you can see many of the interesting things that set the Doak apart from other stadiums. You can't help but get the chills when Chief Osceola rides out on Renegade and throws the flaming spear into the middle of the field, it is definitely one of the greatest traditions in college football. Seminole fans make a great atmosphere for college football and a pain in the butt to any visiting team.
Some of the interesting things that I suggest checking out are the Unconquered Chief Osceola statue and the beautiful sod cemetery next to the practice field which contains a variety of patches of sod from big games the 'Noles have won over the years. These are just a few things that set the Doak apart from other football teams across the country. If you do visit Florida State you can't help but join in with the other 80,000 fans doing the War Chant, just remember to bring the Bengay cause your elbow will be begging for it afterwards
When it comes to good food Tallahassee has plenty of options. Even though Tallahassee is the capital of Florida it is not a known staple city like Orlando or Miami, but don't let that fool you. There are plenty of great options before or after the game here. I'll list a couple that I tried before and after the game, and I definitely recommend them both.
For my pre-game meal we stopped at Calico Jack's Seafood house and Oyster Bar, which was a great choice. Calico Jack's offers a great selection from wings and sliders to ribs and seafood wraps. They have delicious food at reasonable prices and also have some amazing specials like kids eat for $2 on Saturdays and all-you-can-eat wings for $10 on certain days. Great food and great prices, you can't go wrong with making a stop at Calico Jack's.
The other stop we made for our post game meal was Voodoo Dog which has some of the absolute best hot dogs that I have ever sunk my teeth into. They offer hot dogs and hamburgers in all kinds of varieties such as the Voodoo dog which is wrapped with bacon and deep fried and absolutely delicious. My buddy had the Bon Jovi Dog which is a bacon dog covered with sauteed onions and peppers, and with the quickness in which he ate it I'm thinking it had to be good also. Voodoo also offers a variety of burger options and the homestyle fries were delicious. One negative thing for Voodoo is they have yet to get their beer license so no alcohol is sold here, but it's still worth a stop if you are in the area.
Always known as one of the biggest party schools in the country, the Seminoles know how to get down. The fans are some of the greatest in the country and you will see that as you make your way to the stadium. As you enter the stadium you will see that the Doak is covered in garnet and gold fans, with a variety of fans with faces and chests painted. Florida State fans are diehard fans that continue to support their team 100% even though over the past decade they have fallen from the high prominence that they had in the 1980's & 90's. The fans still continue to pack the Doak and make it one of the hardest places for a visiting team to play.
One thing that I did find to be kind of a headache at the Doak was the access to the stadium and parking. At no time did I see any parking lots (paid or not). I'm not saying that I didn't overlook them, but I made the trip around the stadium a couple of times and never saw any. We did find a lot a good mile away from the stadium which wasn't marked or anything. Luckily it worked out and we weren't towed away during the game. As far as access once you get into the stadium it is great. The Doak has an wide alternating ramp system to get to the upper levels which makes it super easy if you don't mind walking. Bathrooms I found to be easily accessible as long as you weren't trying to go during peak times.
With tickets ranging anywhere from $25-$75 you can't ask for a much sweeter deal. The $75 games are usually the Miami, Florida, high marquee games and sell out quickly, so I suggest getting those tickets early as they are worth every penny. Florida State provides one of the best atmospheres and fans that any fan of college football could ask for. For any diehard college football fan make sure to add the Doak to your bucket list.
There are way too many extras to list here, but Florida State and the Doak earn every single one of these five points. One point goes to the Unconquered statue of Chief Osceola, an absolute must see. I also have to give an extra point to the traditions that FSU has from the band making that trek inside the stadium to Chief Osceola riding out on the field, it is hard to get much better than some of their traditions. The Sod Cemetery is also a must see extra outside the stadium, it's great to see history remembered like that. My last one gets two extra points, the good ole' War Chant, there is nothing like doing the tomahawk chop with 80,000 other crazy fans on a Saturday night.
College football doesn't get much better than what Florida State University has to offer. I can type all day and night about my experience there and it still wouldn't do it justice. This my friends is what college football is all about.
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
prices over inflated, low quality, basic fare, nothing that enhances fan experience. I will eat before or sneak food and beverage in.
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.
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.
Easily one of the best places I have ever been to. Great atmosphere, great fans, and great tradition.
2738 Capital Cir NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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