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Doak Campbell Stadium

Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
 

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 season.

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.
 

Top single season home attendances

 

No. Year Games Total Average
1 2006 8 644,256 80,532
2 2003 6 498,895 83,150
3 2004 6 497,047 82,841
4 2005 6 496,343 82,724
5 2002 6 490,598 81,766
6 2001 6 488,645 81,441
7 2000 6 484,985 80,830
8 1998 6 482,941 80,490
9 1999 6 472,350 78,725
10 1996 6 465,200 77,533
         
Stadium capacities since 1950
Years Capacity
1950-53 15,000
1954-60 19,000
1961-63 25,000
1964-77 40,500
1978-79 47,413
1980-81 51,094
1982-84 55,246
1985-91 60,519
1992 70,123
1993 72,589
1994 75,000
1995 77,500
1996-00 80,000
2001-02 82,000
2003- 82,300
   

Campbell Stadium's top 10 crowds

No. Att Year Opponent FSU OPP
1 84,347 2005 Miami 10 7
2 84,336 2003 Miami 14 22
3 84,223 2004 Florida 13 20
4 84,155 2004 Virginia 36 3
5 84,106 2002 Notre Dame 24 34
6 83,938 2002 Florida 31 14
7 83,912 2005 NC State 15 20
8 83,854 2003 NC State 50 44
9 83,717 2005 Syracuse 38 14
10 83,538 2004 Clemson 41 22

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