Doak Campbell Stadium, located in Tallahasse, Florida, is the home of the Florida State University Seminoles. Built in 1950, the stadium has grown from seating 15,000 to 82,300 fans. Nicknamed The Doak, the stadium is the pride of FSU's campus. In 64 years, the Seminoles have brought home to Doak Campbell 21 bowl game wins and three National Championships.
Doak Campbell Stadium is home to one of the most successful
football teams in college history, the Florida State Seminoles. Located in
downtown Tallahassee, Florida, the stadium is the pride of Florida State
University and attracts hundreds of thousands of football fans every season.
the Seminoles since 1950, Doak Campbell Stadium, nicknamed The Doak, has changed
dramatically. From accommodating a mere 15,000 occupants to now being able to
seat 82,300 fans, its size alone shows how much the Seminole fan base has
grown. Over the years, renovations and changes have been made to the stadium,
the most remarkable occurring in the 1990s when over 3 million bricks were laid
over the existing steel framework, making The Doak one of the largest
continuous brick structures in the country. These changes have made Doak Campbell
Stadium to be the largest football stadium in the ACC with a final
standing-room capacity of 84,500 people (Newcomb).
State University named their football stadium after former university
president, Doak S. Campbell. The first game ever played in The Doak occurred on
October 17, 1950 when FSU played Randolph Macon, resulting in a win for the
Seminoles and a final score of 40-7 (“Doak Campbell Stadium”). The same year,
the FSU fight song debuted at the Seminoles’ homecoming game (FSU Traditions).
Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden was honored on
November 20, 2004 in a ceremony where the field at Doak Campbell Stadium was
named after him. Bowden had a home record of 156-26-2, making him one of the
most victorious coaches in college football history. He coached the Seminoles
to an astonishing 21 bowl game wins over the course of his 33 years at FSU, in
addition to two National Championships in 1993 and 1999 (a third National
Championship was won in 2013 under the coaching of current FSU head coach Jimbo
Fisher) (“Bobby Bowden”) .
Doak Campbell Stadium is the home of not only an incredibly successful college
football team but is also the birthplace of several distinct Florida State
University traditions. Before the start of each home game, a student dressed up
to portray Seminole Indian Chief Osceola charges the field on a regal Appaloosa
horse named Renegade and throws down a flaming spear near the 50 yard line. A
1965 FSU graduate named Bill Durham came up with the concept and after being
granted permission by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Chief Osceola and Renegade
became a regular tradition of home games. The first time Chief Osceola stormed
the field on Renegade was at the 1978 season opening game against Oklahoma
State University. Women from the Seminole Tribe of Florida still hand make the
regalia that is worn by Chief Osceola (played by a current student each year)
and Renegade, and the Appaloosa horses used for the tradition are still
supplied by Durham and his family (“FSU Traditions”).
Florida State Seminoles also boast one of the most recognizable traditions in
college sports history, their distinctive War Chant. The War Chant started
during a 1984 game against the Auburn Tigers when members of FSU’s marching
band, the Marching Chiefs, began doing a version of it. A group of students
seated behind them caught on and added in the famous “War Chop” arm motion and
continued to War Chant even after the Marching Chiefs had ceased. The rest of
the season and throughout the 1985 season, the War Chant became a regular
tradition in the student section and with the Marching Chiefs and by the 1986
season, the entire stadium was participating (“FSU Traditions”).