Day 208: Cheer for the Seminoles at an FSU football game

13 Sep

This is the quintessential thing to do in Tallahassee. Locals have been raised on a steady diet of Seminole battles, but I had resisted going for years. I finally buckled when Big Brothers/Big Sisters gave away free tickets for me and my lil’ sis to Florida State University’s opening game against Louisiana-Monroe. I was intimidated by the traffic and parking headaches, but it turned out to be a cinch. I paid $7 to park at the Civic Center and took the $5 Spirit Express to the stadium. (Though if I weren’t with my little sister, it was an easy four-block walk.) I liked the pre-game festivities outside the stadium, with inflatable bounce houses, face painting and food galore. I made the mistake of not bringing enough cash, so I had to use the costly ATM once inside the stadium. Definitely bring about double the money you think you will need. The food was typical stadium fare – nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and sodas. Watching my little sister’s reaction when we first walked from the bowels of the stadium to our seats was priceless. She was awed by the sight of thousands of cheering fans decked in garnet and gold. Once seated, even a diehard Longhorn fan like me got into the pageantry of the game, from the cheerleaders and band, to the Tomahawk Chop chant and Chief Osceola and Renegade prancing on the field. The Seminoles won and I left wondering why I had waited so long to partake in this Tallahassee ritual.

Address: Doak Campbell Stadium, Stadium Drive

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