Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced today that the Seminoles will play their 2016 spring football game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. FSU has partnered with Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) for the game scheduled for Saturday, April 9, with kick off set for 5:00 p.m.
Florida State’s Marketing and Promotions Office, The Seminole Boosters and FCSports will sponsor a number of events surrounding the game, including a Block Party on Friday evening similar to the one held in downtown Tallahassee prior to every FSU home game.
“The short term construction challenges of building the Champions Club in Doak Campbell stadium has provided a unique opportunity for our 2016 spring football game,” said Wilcox. “We are pleased to offer our fans greater access to Florida State football at an exciting and refurbished venue in one of the best destinations cities in the world. Moving the game to Orlando and partnering with Steve Hogan and his staff at Florida Citrus Sports will allow us to platform the game and Florida State athletics in exciting and unique new ways.”
The spring game will be a ticketed event with general admission seats selling for $5.00 each beginning November 1. Limited suite and lounge seating will be available for purchase through Seminole Boosters only on that date as well. Florida Citrus Sports members will receive priority access to tickets and those with club seats will have the opportunity to purchase club seating.
“We are excited to play our 2016 spring game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando,” said FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher. “With the renovations to our stadium next spring that have been provided from contributions from our fans and boosters, it gave us a unique opportunity to hold our spring weekend at another venue. The Orlando area is a tremendous part of our Seminole fan base and it will be a great opportunity for the greatest fans in college football from across the state to see our team. Couple that with the fact that we are opening the 2016 season against Ole Miss in the Citrus Bowl and it made sense.”
“This will be the first spring game that Florida Citrus Sports has hosted and we couldn’t be more excited,” said FCSports CEO Steve Hogan. “What a perfect lead to our new Orlando Kickoff game between Florida State and Ole Miss later in the year on September 5, 2016, as fans will get an early look at one of the top teams in the country.”
More information on the game and surrounding events will be released as details are finalized.