Stadium Facts ■ 2007 Capacity 82,300
■ Surface 419 Tiftway Bermuda
■ Location Pensacola Street & Stadium Drive
■ First Game October 7, 1950
■ Opponent Randolph-Macon
■ Score Florida State 40, Randolph Macon 7
■ All-Time Home Record 246-79-4 (.754)
■ Bowden's Home Record 156-26-2 (.853)
From a maximum capacity of 15,000 in 1953 to a record crowd of 84,347 in 2005
against Miami, Doak S. Campbell Stadium has risen along with the Florida State
football program to the top of the college football ladder. In a special
ceremony prior to the Florida game on November 20, 2004, the home of Florida
State football took on a meaning even more special when Bobby Bowden Field was
dedicated. With the final phase of construction completed, Seminole fans are
welcomed with state-of-the-art additions.
Fans visiting Doak Campbell Stadium in 2007 will once again be treated to more
upgrades to enhance the gameday experience. This year 250 feet of ribbon board
will be added to each side of the stadium. The LED displays, which are four-feet
high and cost over a million dollars, are not the only addition for this season.
A new sound system will also be installed improving the sound quality and
smoothness. The system will now provide high quality sound to each and every
person in the 83,000+ seat stadium.
The newest structural portions of the stadium are a second deck of the Varsity
Club in the northwest corner of the stadium and additional Skyboxes leased
through Seminole Boosters in the northeast corner. However, the newest addition
to the stadium is a brand new playing surface completed in March of 2004. The
entire floor of the stadium was excavated 8 inches deep and the old pump
drainage system was replaced with a complete wall-to-wall system built exactly
to USGA golf green standards. The entire field was sodded with the same variety
of 419 Tiftway Bermuda that the Seminoles have been playing on for most of the
previous 12 years.
The south endzone houses the Florida State school of hospitality education where
students in the program receive hands-on experience in various aspects of the
food and beverage industry. The multi-level facility includes a restaurant and a
sports grill on the top floor that gives a panoramic view of Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The north endzone, which consisted of wood bleachers until the 1994 season
kicked off, is topped by the offices of the football coaches. The offices are
just part of the Daisy Parker Flory wing of the Moore Athletic Center which
include a number of amenities for the football staff. An even more drastic
change came to completion in June of 2005 when the athletics department offices
moved back into the newly rebuilt Moore Center.
Towering above college football action from the east side are skyboxes, which
stretch from goal line to goal line. New skyboxes are located above the west
stands on the eighth floor. The west addition also houses the president's level
on the seventh floor (which includes an open air terrace in the northwest
corner) and one of the largest press boxes in college football with seating for
over 250 members of the media.
A brick facade surrounds the stadium, matching the architectural design of most
of the buildings on the Florida State campus. The University Center surrounds
Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium and houses numerous offices that
were located on the interior of the FSU campus.
Inside the stadium, the lowest tier of field level seats were removed, providing
increased sideline space and better viewing lines for the first few rows of
fans. A matching brick wall was constructed along the east and west sidelines,
limiting field access, increasing safety and giving the inside of the stadium a
whole new look.
In its last 118 home games, FSU is 105-12-1. Bobby Bowden's Florida State teams
have lost only 26 games at home in 31 years, giving the coach an impressive
156-26-2 record and an .853 winning percentage in Tallahassee. A milestone was
reached on September 28, 1996 when Bowden won his 100th game in Doak Campbell
Stadium as FSU's head coach with a 13-0 victory over North Carolina.
But the winning tradition of Doak S. Campbell Stadium, which was named after the
former FSU president of the same name, goes back before Bowden. All-time,
Florida State is 246-79-4 in 329 home games for a winning percentage of .754.
Since the stadium opened on Oct. 7, 1950 with Florida State University taking a
40-7 victory over Randolph-Macon, millions of fans have packed Doak S. Campbell
to see the finest in college football action. In 2003, Florida State set a
single season attendance mark by drawing 498,895 fans over six home games. The
latest expansion is the ninth in the history of the stadium. The current
capacity of 82,300 reflects an increase of 28,281 since the end of the 1991
Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the inaugural 1947
season. In the three seasons that the Seminoles called Centennial Field their
home, FSU had an overall home record of 8-4, including Coach Don Veller's
undefeated 8-0 home mark over the 1948 and '49 seasons.
It's hard to imagine the first Doak Campbell Stadium, with a capacity of 15,000
back in 1950 was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a
capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill
Peterson era (1960-70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it
remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Between 1978 and 1982, there
were three more additions.
Doak Campbell Stadium's scoreboard video system features a big screen
presentation that is crystal clear and allows game day producers to show
highlights of games from all over the country to Seminole fans watching their
team in the stadium. With the changes, Doak Campbell is growing and improving
faster than ever before. Like its residents, the most successful college
football program over the past two decades, Doak S. Campbell Stadium has become
a fitting showcase for Florida State University.