Gather around TNers. Daddy NoleCC has one of his old man stories to tell you. No, I'm not asking you to get off my lawn, you already know that. I'm talking about FSU spring football. This one is about tailgating and enjoying early April in Tallahassee and that we should think about returning to a great tradition. I've yet to find a better Spring than Tallahassee's, and not too long ago it was enhanced by having the FSU spring game, a Miami / FSU baseball game and a bunch of other events on the same day.
Shocking idea, right?
The last few spring games were focused solely on FSU Football at Doak. Let's bring back former players, let's play it up on ESPN3 and let's have a real good time. I get it. I understand the thought behind featuring your bread and butter program individually, rather than share the spotlight with non-revenue generating sports. But, as is often the case, the seemingly best business decision isn't always the best fan decision. I think there's a way to feature the scrimmage and also boost it with a bunch of other FSU events.
Back in the late 90s and early 00s the schedule was very different and looked something like this:
I'm not sure whether that's better or not, but the weekend felt like a big event. I know that, as a fan, I miss that type of day and personally I lack interest in going down to Doak for "just a practice". It also felt more inclusive and brought together most of the FSU family. At the same time there was the circus, football, baseball, softball, tennis and track taking place. The whole campus migrated down to that Dick Howser / Doak area and made their way through the old Pensacola Street tunnel and back. Canes baseball fans added some extra spice to the weekend and reminded us that the real football season wasn't far off. It was the perfect weather, in the perfect spot, on a perfect spring day. I think the FSU community could benefit by going back to a similar, but improved structure, including events to raise money for athletics and / or a fun raiser to the Kidz 1st Fund. Why not take an opportunity to raise more money, show off our best and bring Noles closer together one extra weekend per year? Let's make FSU community bonds stronger and maximize our returns at the same time!
What do you think? Is it better to feature football only or to make a big show of an entire spring weekend in Tallahassee? Would it be good to bring this together with the Springtime Tallahassee Festival? How does this fit in with the vision for the future College Town area? If the weekend were more than spring football would it spur out of town fans to come to Tallahassee?