“Touchdown!” How many times will garnet-and-gold draped fans passionately scream this phrase? Probably not millions – although, that is sweet debate – yet, it did take millions of dollars to renovate Florida State University’s pride and joy: the football stadium.
Formally known as Doak Campbell Stadium, “The Doak” seats nearly 80,000 people. The stadium underwent two primary renovations; one last year and one this year. Renovation #1 required re-glazing of the skyboxes which allows an unobstructed view of the field. Additionally, the skybox air-conditioning systems were improved, and the entire stadium received steel repairs. Renovation #2 began before the summer, and finished during the first few weeks of September.
On Saturday, September 10th, anyone attending the Charleston Southern game at The Doak will see the most recent renovation’s game plans. In a WCTV.tv article, James Buechele describes the new video board, or jumbotron. The jumbotron has a 7,800 square foot screen and is supposed to withstand 130 mile per hour winds. Additionally, two towers – both equipped with three speedy elevators – are now on the south side of the stadium. According to a Bleacher Report article, contributing writer Bob Ferrante discusses how elements of The Doak’s University Center Club will huddle up with the new Champion’s Club venue. A 30,000 square foot air-conditioned club with views of the field and campus replaced Section 300 of the stadium, and an additional second level of seating sacks the former Section 200 of the stadium.
Architects teamed up with ancient ideas from Tallahassee’s past residents to design uniquely traditional features for The Doak. Such features include a covering providing shelter from rain and sun because the terrace of the stadium is open air. Similar to Indian dwellings, the terrace resembles the defending thatch of Indian abodes. Another feature includes Seminole Indian patterning at the base of the elevator towers. The towers also exhibit glazed sections known to the architects as “lanterns,” which frame the South End Zone Entrance and enhance the Unconquered Statue and Langford Green. The respectfully modern renditions will make the game, the scene, and the city of Tallahassee reflectively larger than life.
The dedication that has gone towards the stadium is undoubtedly generous, yet still financial responsible. Freshman Maeghan Shea, a marketing and advertising student, says “It’s not like we (FSU) are building an entirely new stadium. We are revitalizing and perfecting what we already have in order to draw in more patrons.” Shea looks to work in sports marketing, and is excited to attend her first college football game.
No matter the state of the game, everyone in The Doak will know that they are in a state-of-the-art facility. According to Kyle Clark, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Florida State, multiple projects are underway at the stadium. Currently, an $82 million renovation and maintenance plan is underway. In addition, $15 million has gone towards stadium technology. “This is to build on new high definition technology in the Seminole Production control room, new equipment, new HD video boards, and ribbon board” says Clark. Although Florida State is in the capital, these projects are not funded by the state government. Clark adds “The payback for these projects are predominately through gifts and donations, concession and catering revenue, ticket sales, and other athletic revenues”. People truly do love FSU, and this is how some of them show it.
By AMANDA NEPPL / Contributing Writer
Buechele, James. “An Inside Look at Newly-Renovated Doak Campbell Stadium”. WCTV.tv. 18 August 2016. Web. 2016. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/GALLERY-Renovations-Underway-at-Doak-Campbell-Stadium-377846791.html
Ferrante, Bob. “Florida State Football: Plan in Place to Improve Doak Campbell Stadium”. Bleacher Report. 6 June 2014. Web. 2016. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2088369-florida-state-football-plan-in-place-to-improve-doak-campbell-stadium