Every program in America has championship aspirations each season and will do what ever it takes to win a ring. However, that isn’t the only fierce competition in college athletics. Over the past decade, many of the major programs have upgraded stadiums, athletic centers, and facilities to help win over recruits and further strengthen their fans experience.
One of the most respected and iconic stadiums in the country will be added to the list of stadiums receiving a bit of a makeover.
The Tallahassee Democrat has reported Doak Campbell Stadium, the home of the Florida State Seminoles, will receive a $79.5 million upgrade.
What should Florida State fans expect to see regarding these upgrades?
The stadium will be adding a premium club section in the south endzone which will contain 6,000 new seats. Furthermore, the skybox suites will be getting updates as well. A new paint job is in the works as well, plus stadium structural repairs.
“In college athletics, you are always going to be in the facilities business,” said athletic director Stan Wilcox. “You are always going to be upgrading, fixing, creating new athletic facilities.”
The renovations should be completed in time for the start of the 2016 season.
Doak Campbell first open in 1950 and packed in 15,000 fans during that time. As of today, the record number of attendees reached 84, 409 during the Seminoles 41-14 win over the Miami Hurricanes in 2013.
Legendary coach Bobby Bowden helped the Seminoles turn Doak Campbell Stadium into one of the best home field advantages in college football and current head coach Jimbo Fisher has helped continue that tradition.
Florida State currently has a 14-game winning streak at Doak Campbell.
*Section Photo credit to Ronald Martinez, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Melina Vastola, USA Today Sports.