Florida State University is one of the top 20 public schools in the country, based on a variety of academic merits. However, this ranking does not take into account one of the most attractive features of FSU attendance: campus infrastructure. The state of Florida is a beautiful university, dominated by brick buildings and sprawling oaks, the main attractions being the various sports stadiums.
All FSU stadiums have historical timelines, serving as landmarks for the most iconic moments in college sport history. Fans flock to these stadiums throughout the year, ignoring their importance in shaping the FSU campus. The facilities we see on campus today have literally facilitated the growth of AUS as a whole and will continue to do so in the future.
The first to emerge was Doak Campbell Stadium – home of the men’s football team – in 1950. At the time, Doak numbered no more than 15,000 people. Since then, the stadium has undergone numerous renovations and additions, bringing the number to 79,560. In 2003, the field was named “Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium” in honor of the late great FSU head coach. Bobby Bowden.
Doak is without a doubt the main sporting attraction here in Florida State. Not only is it the perfect environment to watch one of college football’s most iconic programs, it is also an architectural wonder. Doak Campbell Stadium is the largest continuous brick structure in the United States and the 49th largest stadium in the world. It is by far the largest destination in Tallahassee, occupying the southwest side of the campus.
Next up would be the Tully Gym – home of the women’s volleyball team – in 1953. The gymnasium is adjacent to the Bobby E. Leach Student Recreation Center on campus. It is named after former FSU graduate and football player Robert (Bobby) Henry Tully. The iconic gymnasium now houses nearly 1,200 occupants after several renovations since its construction. It was once home to the men’s basketball team and has long served as the venue for a variety of recreational events on campus, including school dances and intramural sports.
In 1981, the State of Florida built another multi-purpose arena called the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on the southeast side of the campus. Now home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the arena can accommodate more than 12,000 occupants. The Civic Center is home to a wide array of paid events, including concerts, comedy shows, monster truck rallies, family events, lectures, and of course, basketball. The stadium is as versatile as the teams that play there.
Two years later, in 1983, FSU baseball would be hosted at Dick Howser Stadium. In 2005, Dick Howser’s pitch was dedicated to former head coach Mike Martin, who led the Seminoles from 1980 to 2019. The stadium is located on the west side of the campus on Stadium Drive. It sits among a cluster of stadiums that includes the softball and football complexes. Dick Howser has over 5,000 fans at a time. The beautifully maintained grounds and state-of-the-art facilities for players and fans alike make Dick Howser Stadium a top destination for watching Americans’ favorite pastime.
In 1998, the Seminole soccer complex was built just three years after the women’s soccer team was officially named a varsity sport. The 2,000-seat stadium is a ship for one of college sport’s most impressive dynasties, led by legendary women’s football head coach Mark Kirkorian.
Finally, the Seminole Softball Complex – home of the women’s softball team – was built in 1999. In 2005, the field was named in honor of JoAnne Graff, who was then the active coach of the team. softball. The stadium is home to nearly 1,000 fans and regularly hosts NCAA and ACC playoff events.
All of these stadiums and arenas are equipped with state-of-the-art video boards and audio systems. FSU stadiums are well maintained, well staffed and cared for to enhance the experience for fans, players and coaches.
Take a stroll down Stadium Drive or across from campus on Pensacola Street to visit these historic buildings on your own.