By William Kristoph
I wrote one of these back in 2010 for ScalpEm.com, but it needs an update. I've been going for years, so here are my #ProTips:
- It's not Wichita State Super Regional hot this weekend (that was the worst year I can remember 2008 it was like 103 at Dick Howser) and the Big Ass Fans are in Howser now, but it will be in the 90's all weekend. Break out the Dri-Fit shirts.
- If you're in general admission or on the 1st base side, LOAD UP ON SUNSCREEN. Especially lower level 1st base side, you're going to fry for the early game (most of the lower level will) and until after 7pm for the late games.
- It will probably rain at some point. Stash some snacks in the cooler in the car for between games or lengthy delays.
First Time To Dick Howser Stadium?
- Arrive a bit early and walk around. There are a lot of fun little things to check out, especially on the 1B side of the stadium.
- My choice for parking is the parking garage by the softball / soccer complex. The car stays nice and cool for the early games then.
- Grab a Nole Dog at the concession stand.
- You don't need cash except for "mobile" vendors like Dippin Dots. Also, get the Stadium Runner app for your phone. Dick Howser joined the 21st century for ordering this year. It's way better than waiting on one of the vendor kids to walk by your section.
Killing Time Between Games
- Bring food / beverages of choice and tailgate at the stadium.
- Head over to Pensacola Street for a variety of pretty good restaurants.
- Cool off at Governor's Square mall (especially for those of you that are just visiting Tallahassee).
If You Are A Nole
- Be prepared for The Animals (THE most dedicated fans in college baseball) depending on where you sit in the grandstand. They are funny (Take Me Out Of This Ball Game – Animals) but can be horribly annoying too (Garbled umpire heckling – Animals).
- The Animals Part 2 – They sing O, Canada during the 5th inning when the Seminoles are batting. Don’t look confused, you’ve been warned. Oh and the story behind it? Ask an Animal and you’ll get a few different answers.
- Finally, be gracious to opposing fans and parents (especially Georgia Southern for multiple reasons). Part of the reason that FSU gets so many opportunities to host post-season events is because of the atmosphere. It’s competitive and intense, but it’s never mean in my experience. Don’t be "That Fan."
All-Tournament Books for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional ($50 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission seats) will go on-sale to the public at 5pm EST on Monday, May 26 at www.seminoles.com. Phone and walk-up orders begin at 8:30am on Tuesday morning by calling 888-378-6653 or visiting the main Seminole Ticket Office located at Doak Campbell Stadium, University Center C.
Single game tickets for the Friday sessions ONLY will go on sale via the web (seminoles.com) beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday. In person and phone sales of single game tickets for Friday's games will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Single game tickets for games on subsequent days will go on sale on the web following the last game of the previous day and at Dick Howser Stadium two hours prior to the start of the first game.
Prices for single game general admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for youth (ages 4-18). If available, reserved seats single game tickets are $15.00.
Have a great time everyone! If you can't make it to Tallahassee, then check out the Noles on TV. If I forgot a good tip, leave it in a comment below.