After getting the official word of a location and time change of Florida State’s season opener against Boise State, FSU has rallied the troops to have the Doak ready for a last minute home game. Almost instantly after the announcement, FSU Athletics had new tickets for sale at a super discounted price. They’ve sold over 25,000 tickets so far, and are projected to have over 40,000 in attendance including students admitted for free.
The Tallahassee Democrat’s Jim Henry had the update on ticket sales after speaking with FSU AD, David Coburn.
FSU has sold just north of 25K tickets for Saturday's game. No reserved seating, general admission, students admitted free w/ valid ID. Available Champions Club tix sold out (2k), 50 boxes purchased. If students show in force, it could be quite the atmosphere for the noon start
— Jim Henry (@JimHenryTALLY) August 30, 2019
At full capacity, Doak Campbell Stadium can hold just under 80,000 people, but with such short notice and a good amount of people evacuating Florida, to have over half of the stadium full would be a huge win for the university. Plus, to only have two days to promote and sell tickets is even more impressive.
The stadium, aside from the Champions club and Suites, will be entirely general admission seating, which should accommodate both FSU and Boise State fans. It will also requires less staffing, which has been hard to find a such short notice.
“I think we are going to have all the functionality that we need, but not much more than that,” Coburn said. “I will tell you this: There a lot of tough, determined people who are committed to the program and the department. And they are going to make it work.”
Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry had announced earlier on Thursday that all tickets will be refunded for the game that was scheduled Saturday night at 7 p.m. in their city. The Democrat also reported Friday that FSU had sold over 45,000 tickets for the game. It is unclear how many Boise State had sold, but was believed that they would have in excess of 3,000 fans in Jacksonville.
While Hurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. until at least Sunday, there are obviously serious concerns about safety and evacuation time for the entire state. Dorian could be at least Category 3 Hurricane, when it does make landfall.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the west coast of Florida and FSU had to move its games against Louisiana-Monroe and Miami to later in the season. UL-Monroe was originally supposed to be canceled, but was rescheduled later at the end of the season to give FSU a winning record to continue their bowl streak.
Saturday’s matchup is the first of a “home and home” two game deal, where the Noles are scheduled to play in Boise next September.
FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday
In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.
The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:
Noles vs. Tigers set for '22/'23!!!https://t.co/nfLwLGhXE3
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) February 11, 2020
Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.
The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.
FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.
New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,
“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.
This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”
These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.
Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.
That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.
The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes
NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.
Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 28, 2020
And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.
This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.
That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.
“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.
“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.
“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.
“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.
“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?
“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.
Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.
Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.
Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.
His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.
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