If tradition breathes within the soul of college football fans, then the trek down to picturesque Tallahassee is a must. Once you're inside the stadium, eagerly awaiting that precious moment of excitement and anticipation, you can check out the balcony in the north end zone just outside the football offices or, If you have a little more time, you can take a moment to eat in the full-scale restaurant located in the south end zone called the University Center Club. You can enjoy a great meal along with views from the terrace seats that will best any imagination. If your goal is to soak in the atmosphere, tradition and the game then the best seat in the house can be found in the northwest corner, in section 37. From there you'll become a field general fan and you'll be rewarded with a game-long view of Chief Osceola and his horse, Renegade.
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One cannot begin to talk about a stadium in Tallahassee without bringing former head coach Bobby Bowden to the table. His success as a head coach brought Florida State into the national discussion year after year during his more than three decades at the helm and created an environment that made Doak Campbell Stadium one of the most feared places to play in the country.
Built in 1950 with a maximum capacity of 15,000, Doak Campbell Stadium was named in honor of a former FSU president. The first game took place Oct. 7, 1950, with an absolute drubbing of Randolph-Macon College, 40-7.
Bowden's teams lost only 30 home games in his 32 years, against 164 victories. A special day in Bowden's coaching tenure came on Nov. 20, 2004, when the stadium's gridiron was named for the Seminoles' skipper.
The stadium seats more than 82,000. The most to attend a tilt here was in 2005, when 84,347 fans witnessed a 10-7 FSU victory over Miami.
Florida State won its first football championships in 1904 and 1905 while wearing purple and gold uniforms.
Originally an all-male college, Florida State College changed its name and attendance policy in 1905, when it became an all-women's college called Florida State College for Women. The college would remain all-female until 1947, when it welcomed co-ed enrollment and the football team opened the season with a 14-6 loss to Stetson University at Centennial Field -- its home of three seasons.