Is it true that the Boosters / Athletic department are sticking with the usual practice of opening the booster lots 5 hours before gametime for the Miami game? If so, this will really put a damper on the gameday plans of the folks who are shelling out thousands every year. While FSU has a ton of solid traditions that we all love, it is clear that elite college football programs (and Clemson) have much better tailgating atmospheres than Florida State.
Many FSU fans on Twitter (from the comfort of their own homes) complain that the stadium isn't full for lesser games, student section clears out, etc. While this wouldn't completely fix the real or perceived problem, adopting fan-friendly policies would go a long way toward creating a better gameday atmosphere.
When visiting Clemson last week, I noticed that there were thousands of tailgate tents set up hours before the game. Clemson's culture is different than FSU's, and there is nothing else to do in Clemson, SC except tailgate. I'm not suggesting that FSU try to replicate Clemson's tailgating atmosphere, but I would suggest that the administration adopt Clemson's tailgating policy. Open the booster lots at 8 am on every home game day, regardless of game time. This would allow fans to set up in the morning rather than waiting for an awkward 10:30 am or 3 pm opening time. I believe this would help FSU develop a solid tailgating culture, and may even encourage boosters to wander toward CollegeTown as the day progresses.
Is there any good reason why FSU will not open booster lots sooner than 5 hours before game time for the Miami game? I would like to see our campus packed for College Gameday, and we may not look like an elite fanbase if the many Booster tailgaters are not allowed to set up before 3 pm.