TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Doak Campbell Stadium will soon have its first major upgrade in more than a decade.
Crews have hammered away at the home of the Noles for the last nine months. The more than $85 million project has been in the works for four years.
“It’ll be an iconic photograph of Tallahassee.”
Those are the words of Jerry Kutz, Senior Vice President of Seminole Boosters.
Kutz gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the renovations are coming along.
“This is going to be a multi-purpose ballroom and so on game day it will be activated for game day experience.”
The Champions Club by the south end zone will include 5,500 seats and have a glass wall 600 feet long so fans can still feel connected when grabbing something to eat.
“If you’re sitting over there, and I’m over here and I’m walking over to see you, I never have to lose sight of the game,” Kutz explains.
Stadiums across the country, both collegiate and professional, are trying to enhance the way fans view the game — something that’s not lost on Kutz.
“How do you make sure that everyone’s able to have a good time and it’s not just for a certain population?” we asked Kutz.
“Yeah. A stadium’s gotta have multiple experiences. When you’re a student, you know, you want to be able to stand, have fun and so that’s one. Then you become a young adult and you want to be able to sit in an affordable seat. As you get older, you do have a child, you want to be in a safe family atmosphere,” he said.
For fans coming to Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time after the renovations are over, there will be plenty of new things to check out, including a brand new 7,800 square-foot video board. It will be so big, it’ll have to be able to withstand 130 mile per hour winds.
“It’s going to be about as big as the structure is now, but the actual video will be larger than what they have now.”
Project Manager Jason Gassett says he can’t wait for the grand opening on September 9th, one day before kickoff.
“I think once everybody gets the chance to see it in person, they’ll realize what a cool space this is gonna be,” Gassett says.
And Kutz says no matter how great your setup is at home, there’s nothing like Doak Campbell.
“People say, well, you’re competing against the man cave. I don’t believe that. Nothing beats the in-game experience,” Kutz says.
An in-game experience at Doak that many hope is bigger and better for the garnet and gold.
Florida State’s first home game this year is September 10th against Charleston Southern.