I’m a double ‘Nole, meaning it’s my seventh year here at FSU (yikes!), but more importantly it’s my seventh FSU football season as a student here. This season isn’t exactly how I thought my last season as a student would go (see October 27, 2018, Clemson vs. FSU), however FSU football is still my favorite thing about fall in Tallahassee. So here we go, let’s get into everything you need to know about going to the football games as a student at FSU Law.
At the beginning of the fall semester you will get an email from the FSU Student Ticket Office explaining how to activate your student ticket account and your Spear-It Rewards account (make sure to check your clutter and spam folders). The ticket account is how you will get tickets to football games and men’s basketball games. The Spear-It Rewards account will be how you accumulate points, which helps in getting tickets to high demand games, but we’ll get to that in a second. First let’s talk about getting a ticket to your non-high demand games. The FSU student ticket allotment is 16,000 tickets. All student tickets are given on a first come, first served basis starting at 5:00 p.m. the Sunday prior to the week of each home game. To get your ticket, sign into your student ticket account, click on “Student Football Home Games” and then follow the instructions on the website accordingly.
Second, let’s talk about those high demand games. Clemson, Miami, and UF are always going to be considered high demand games. I’ve also seen Notre Dame, Louisville, and Virginia Tech be high demand games. The process for getting tickets to the high demand games has changed almost every year since I’ve been here, so I’m not going to explain the system for this year. You will get an email next year explaining the process for how those tickets are distributed. However, Spear-It Rewards points are always involved in how those tickets are distributed. The more points you have, the better chance you have at getting a ticket. Well, how do I get points? First things first, you’re automatically getting a lot of points by just being a law student! At the beginning of the school year, points are distributed according to your year in school. Seniors and grad students get 1,000 point and everyone else gets less. You can earn additional points by linking your social media accounts to your Spear-It Rewards account and going to different athletic events on campus. You should take note that 25% of your points will roll over to next year and the rest will expire.
Last note on tickets: student guest tickets are available for all non-high demand games. I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $25-$55. I have no idea how they determine how much the guest tickets will cost. I’ve never seen guest tickets available for purchase for high demand games.
WOO! It’s game day! Time to head to the law school to tailgate. The Student Bar Association, sometimes in connection with another organization on campus, hosts super fun tailgates on the Green at the law school in front of the rotunda. It’s a great place to get some food, play games, and meet up with friends before walking to Doak to see the game.
Once you get to Doak, you can enter the stadium at any gate except gate A. Students can sit in any open seating in the following sections: 40, 41, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. I recommend sections 6 or 7 because they offer the best view of the field in the student section. However, sections 40 and 41 get shadier quicker, which is a bonus because it gets hot.
So, what can you bring and not bring to the stadium with you? Bring your FSU ID with you. Sometimes they ask for it, sometimes they don’t. But always bring it just in case. Bring a clear bag, no larger than 12”x 6”x12”, to hold your things. Some very tiny non-clear bags are permitted in the stadium, but in personal experience, they sometimes still give you a hard time about it. My advice is to just get a clear game day bag. You can find a list of things not permitted in the stadium here: http://seminoles.com/doak-campbell-policies/.
And finally, learn the fight song so you can sing it every time FSU scores! My hope is that you guys will get to sing it more next year than I have this year. Go ‘Noles!
Danielle Nagy, 3L