I thought I would share some old and new pictures of Doak Campbell Stadium I came across from the Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services.
First, a little about Doak's history.
But the winning tradition of Doak S. Campbell Stadium, which was named after the former FSU president of the same name, goes back before Bowden. All-time, Florida State is 250-80-4 in 334 home games for a winning percentage of .754.
Since the stadium opened on Oct. 7, 1950 with Florida State University taking a 40-7 victory over Randolph-Macon, millions of fans have packed Doak S. Campbell to see the finest in college football action. In 2006, Florida State set a single season attendance mark by drawing 644,256 fans over eight home games. The latest expansion is the ninth in the history of the stadium. The current capacity of 82,300 reflects an increase of 28,281 since the end of the 1991 season.
Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the inaugural 1947 season. In the three seasons that the Seminoles called Centennial Field their home, FSU had an overall home record of 8-4, including Coach Don Veller's undefeated 8-0 home mark over the 1948 and '49 seasons.
It's hard to imagine the first Doak Campbell Stadium, with a capacity of 15,000 back in 1950 was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960-70) the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Between 1978 and 1982, there were three more additions.
Doak Campbell continues to grow and improve and has become a fitting showcase for Florida State University.
Credit for all photos, except the last two goes to: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory via www.floridamemory.com
Credit for the last photo goes to TN member dgirtman.
1948- Site for the Doak Campbell Stadium - Tallahassee, Florida
1950- Governor Fuller Warren at dedication of Doak Campbell stadium
1950- Aerial views of Dedication football game at Doak Campbell Stadium
1950- Parking lot of Doak Campbell Stadium during dedication football game
1954- Marching band on field at the FSU Band Festival
1955- Florida State University Marching Chiefs band in formation during homecoming game
1961- South side of the FSU stadium
1964- Aerial views of Doak Campbell Stadium during a football game
1965- Aerial view of the Florida State University football game
1968- Card section at Campbell Stadium
1974- Aerial view overlooking Doak Campbell Stadium at FSU
19??- Football game at Doak Campbell Stadium
19??- Marching band forming four half notes in Doak Campbell Stadium
19??- Aerial view of football in Doak Campbell Stadium
19??- Marching band in Doak Campbell Stadium
1978- Doak Campbell Stadium Expansion
1978- FSU Greek Bed Race at Doak
Probably 1978-80 Aerial view of Doak Campbell Stadium
Probably 1979-81 Taking the field at Doak Campbell Stadium
1984- Spirit Spear at Doak Campbell stadium
1984- New Florida State University scoreboard
1984- Martin Mayhew tackles Hassan Jones in the Garnet and Gold Game
1984- Seating at Doak Campbell Stadium
1984- Urinals at Doak Campbell stadium before renovation
1984- FSU's gymnasts perform at halftime
1985- Doak Campbell stadium expansion
1985- Aerial view of Expanded Doak Campbell Stadium
1985- FSU faithful at Doak Campbell Stadium
1985- Tony Yeomans #98 and a future Nole
1985- Members of the FSU football team including Don Desneso # 50, Sammie Smith # 33 and Roger Agne #70
1985- Cameraman and "Tommy Hawk" on the sidelines
1996- Warrick Dunn scoring a TD in the season opener against Duke at Doak Campbell Stadium
2006- View of Langford Green leading to FSU Doak Campbell football stadium
2006- Bird's eye view showing bronze sculpture "Unconquered" by Fritz White at the FSU Doak Campbell football stadium
2006-View of the bronze sculpture "Unconquered" by Fritz White at the FSU Doak Campbell football stadium
2006- Bronze sculpture "Sportsmanship" by Edward Jonas at the FSU Doak Campbell football stadium
2006- Bronze statue of FSU's Bobby Bowden at the FSU Doak Campbell football stadium
2006- Inside Doak Campbell Stadium
2008- Nighttime view of "Unconquered" by Fritz White at the FSU Doak Campbell football stadium