Winning game plan: FSU fans should note clear bag policy

Florida State University announced today some changes in the traffic patterns fans are accustomed to on football game days, as well as additions to the list of items that will be banned from the stadium.

“We are all excited about the first football game of the season, and we want fans to have a safe, enjoyable day,” said David L. Perry, the assistant vice president for Safety and chief of police. “That’s why it is extremely important that they pay attention to the changes this year and use the available resources to stay informed.”

The first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Seminoles take on the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. 


TRAFFIC INSTRUCTIONS: Fans are encouraged to use the following roadways to gain access to parking on and around FSU’s campus, AND are encouraged to add extra time for travel as some changes are in place.

• From the north, use Stadium Drive or Macomb Street to Pensacola Street.

• From the east, use Pensacola or Gaines streets.

• From the west, use Pensacola or Tennessee streets to Stadium Drive.

• From the south, use Lake Bradford Road. 

Pensacola Street will be reversed after the game. Traffic leaving the game toward the east will use Pensacola Street as well as St. Augustine Streets toward Monroe Street. Side street access may be limited, as the priority will be given to the two exiting lanes of traffic from the stadium. Officers with the Tallahassee Police Department will staff roadways surrounding the stadium before and after home games to assist with traffic flow. 

As with last year, Lake Bradford will be used to direct drivers south away from the stadium. 

SPIRIT EXPRESS SHUTTLE: This bus service, operated by the City of Tallahassee/Star Metro, originates at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Fans should park at the Tucker Center or in nearby state parking garages. Tickets will be on sale at the Tucker Center ticket office and riders will be provided with an armband. Service begins two hours prior to kickoff. Separate accessible shuttles for special needs fans are available at FSU Garage No. 5, corner of Copeland and St. Augustine streets, and at FSU Garage No. 6, corner of St. Augustine and Walker streets. Accessible shuttles from Garage No. 5 are $5 per rider. Fares collected on the shuttles require correct change. No open containers or coolers are allowed on Spirit Express buses or accessible shuttles. Service ends one hour after the end of each game. For rides back to the Tucker Center after the game, riders must present their armbands to the driver for boarding. This year, the Spirit Express will operate on Jefferson Street. Jefferson Street at Martin Luther King to Varsity Drive will be closed for game day traffic and only used for the Game Day Shuttles.

GAME DAY DISABLED PARKING: In an effort to meet the needs of fans with disabilities, FSU’s Office of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) coordinates the Disabled Parking Program (DPP) for home football games. All parking spaces for fans with disabilities within proximity of the stadium and additional spaces in a nearby parking garage are reserved for participants in the DPP. TAPS pre-assigns these spaces to individuals who have submitted an application to participate in the program; location priority is based on need. To aid patrons with mobility impairments, Dial-A-Ride accessible shuttles and Gotcha carts are available to transport patrons to and from the garage and their gate. See TAPS’s DPP website ( for an application.  

Fans who are part of the disabled parking program and parked in Lot 9 can be dropped off by gates D and H. 

For fans with disabilities who do not reserve parking prior to game day, FSU provides unreserved offsite ADA parking in the St. Augustine Street Parking Garage. A Dial-A-Ride-accessible shuttle is available to and from the St. Augustine Street Parking Garage and gates D and H at the stadium beginning five hours prior to kickoff (fee required). The shuttle runs continuously until an hour after the game ends.  

For additional information on the DPP, Dial-A-Ride, Gotcha or unreserved ADA parking, contact TAPS at (850) 644-5278 or

Download the SeminoleSAFE APP for Game Day Information and Parking Assistance

New for 2016, the FSU Police Department has released the new SeminoleSAFE app for iOS and Android. In it, you will find the Game Day Guide that provides you:

  • Direct turn–by–turn directions to your designated Booster or general parking lot.
  • Clear Bag Policy and instructions
  • Prohibited items inside the stadium
  • The ability to report a problem during the game
  • Real-time weather data on campus.


PARKING LOT AND BUILDING CLOSURES: University police will begin closing parking lots and roads and posting “no parking” signs in various locations around the stadium at midnight prior to game day. Fans who park in prohibited areas, such as reserved parking lots, landscaped areas and sidewalks, are subject to being ticketed or having their vehicles towed. In addition, the stadium will close at 2 p.m. on the day before each home game. Champions Way will close at 5 a.m. on game day, and Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center will be closed to fans two hours before each home game.



  • A Clear Bag Policy has been initiated for this fall.  The standard 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches bag size is still in place, but beginning this year, any bag being brought into Campbell Stadium must be clear plastic, PVC or vinyl.  Small clutch style bags no larger than 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches will also be allowed.  Patrons are limited to one bag or one bag and one clutch per person.
  • With the Champions Club project construction being completed, fans have two new archways to walk under to access Gates F and G.
  • The Seminole SportShop located in the south end zone building will have a new side entrance for fans to use this fall. Follow the signage under the Gate G archway to enter and leave the SportShop.
  • Gate X inside the University Center B building will only be available for patrons to access the SportShop and return to their seats after entering through one of the 12 stadium gates.
  • Gate H will open 1 hour before kickoff — or — after the Marching Chiefs and/or any visiting team band uses it to access the stadium. All other Gates will open 2 hours before kickoff as usual.
  • Visiting team Will Call gate will return to Gate H this year.
  • Patrons with seats in the 200 level and 300 level seating should enter the stadium through the courtyard in between Unconquered and University Center B.
  • A new patio area has been installed as a part of construction on concourse level outside the University Center Club Ballroom.  While there will continue to be circulation on concourse level, this new space will greatly reduce the area patrons have to go from the east and west stands.  Fans are advised to use the lower level to navigate between the east and west stands and then use existing ramps and elevators to move vertically in the stadium.
  • Single game seatback sales have been brought back under the stadium in their traditional locations inside of Gate B, C, D, H and K and around the concourse level.
  • Seminole Student Boosters will be offered a “Fast Pass” option at Gate M. Security remains the same, however Seminole Student Boosters will have a designated lane for entry.
  • Information areas will be set up before the game on Langford Green and at Gates C and K to further assist patrons.  The Langford Green station will close at kickoff and the stations at Gates C and K will operate from 30 minutes prior to kick off until halftime.
  • Selfie-sticks and unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, will be prohibited inside — and in the airspace over — Doak Campbell Stadium.
  • In addition, standing personal transport vehicles also are banned.

COLOR-CODED ID WRISTBANDS: Upon request, the FSU Police Department will provide color-coded ID wristbands marked with seat and contact numbers for children, the elderly and people with disabilities in case they become separated from family members before, during or after the game. Fans interested in this service can stop by the police substation located at Gate C.

CONTROLLED ENTRY AT ALL GATES: To make entry into the stadium more orderly and efficient, fans will be funneled into one of two lines: Those with clear bags and/or small clutches (no larger than 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches) and those without bags. Allowable bag sizes of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches will be strictly enforced. For fan convenience, bag-size boxes will be provided to measure against upon approach to the gates and in selected areas of parking lots closer to the stadium.

ELECTRONIC SIGN BOARDS: Electronic message boards over gates C, F, J and K provide fans with information or emergency messages related to weather or possible game delays.

FSU STUDENT TICKETING/ENTRY/SEATING POLICIES: Students can print their tickets at home or, if they need assistance, visit the Student Ticket Issues Booth at the west end of the Howser Stadium (baseball) Ticket Office. These printed tickets, along with the students’ ID cards, will gain students access through any gate except Gate A. The student entry/seating policy is “as easy as 1-2-3”:

• ONE seat per person; first come, first served; no saving seats.

• The stadium opens TWO hours prior to kickoff.

• All lines outside the gates open THREE hours prior to kickoff — no lines may form before that time; no tailgating in line; no holding places in line for friends. 

PUBLIC ENTRY POLICIES: For security purposes, all football tickets have barcodes that must be individually scanned before each fan is permitted to enter the stadium, and no one will be allowed to re-enter the stadium once he or she exits. 


APPROVED ITEMS AND PROHIBITED ITEMS: Fans are allowed to bring the following approved items:

• Medically necessary items (must be approved by medical personnel in the First Aid room located at Gate C prior to entry into the stadium.)

• Empty water bottles to fill at water stations inside the stadium.

• Small amounts of food for accompanying infants and toddlers.

• Purchases from the Seminole SportShop, such as bottled beverages with approved decals.

• Keys, wallets and cell phones.

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed the size limit of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches

• Stadium seats, as long as they do not have arms.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Weapons or explosives
  • Umbrellas
  • Food or beverage from outside the stadium (empty bottles or cups will be permitted)
  • Hard coolers or ice chests
  • All bags that are not clear plastic, vinyl or PVC
  • All bags larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches
  • Chair backs with arms or chair backs that are larger than a single seat
  • Artificial noisemakers (whistles, bells, air horns)
  • Video equipment, tape recorders, cameras with lenses longer than 6″
  • Sticks, poles, flags or signs
  • Laser pointers
  • Laptops
  • Pets
  • Strollers
  • Personal transportation devices (skateboards, hover boards, etc.)
  • Beach balls or other airborne objects
  • Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, flying in the airspace above Doak Campbell Stadium. 

Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of the law enforcement officials as dictated by increased threat conditions. 

‘SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING’ TEXT/PHONE LINE: For fans who witness a security concern, the “See Something – Say Something” text and phone line will be available. Text the word “fsufan” along with a message and your location or seat number to 35842. Standard text-message rates apply. Fans also may call (850) 645-JERK (645-5375) if there are any problems with unruly or abusive behavior in their section. Law enforcement officers will respond promptly and take appropriate action. The SeminoleSAFE app also allows users to report behavioral concerns. Through the app fans can take and send pictures of offending parties. 


ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: Florida State University offers Assisted Listening Devices (ALD) for people with hearing impairments. The ALD amplifies the message broadcast over the main scoreboard to a receiver worn by the person. To obtain an ALD, individuals will need a valid driver’s license or State ID (used as collateral). For additional information or to check out the device, stop by the FSU Police Sub-Station located outside Gate C.

GARNET AND GOLD GOES GREEN: Set to begin its 12th year, the Garnet and Gold Goes Green recycling program has collected 162 tons of recyclable materials. The program and its volunteers will have recycling stations set up in the lots surrounding the stadium, at stadium entrances and in concessions areas. Additional City of Tallahassee trash cans will be set up along major walking routes to the stadium to help keep game day litter free.

GOLDEN GREETERS: Members of the Extra Point Club — an auxiliary of Seminole Athletics — will serve as Golden Greeters, welcoming fans as they enter the stadium. As “customer service liaisons” between the Athletic Department and the public, the Golden Greeters will be available to answer fans’ questions until roughly 30 minutes after kickoff.

GOLF CARTS: Golf carts without official authorization and required placards will not be permitted in or around the stadium.

MARCHING CHIEFS PREGAME SHOW: The Marching Chiefs’ pregame “skull session” is a public rehearsal held at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to kickoff. During the rehearsal, each section of the band plays a song for the crowd, followed by the full band playing the “FSU Fight Song” and selections from that day’s halftime show.

SODTALKS: SodTalks return. Seminole Legends will meet FSU fans before every home football game and share favorite memories.  They start 90 minutes before kickoff at the Sod Cemetery near the main entrance to Football Practice Fields/Howser Baseball Stadium. The Legends will be available for autographs before and after each SodTalk.

MISTING STATIONS: Fans will be able to cool off at misting stations inside the stadium near gates B, E, H and L during the home game against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. Future use of misting stations will be determined by monitoring expected weather conditions.

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