FSU’s Garnet & Gold Game 2023

March 14, 2023 Parents, Students

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Spring is in the air! It’s time to stop and smell the roses and suit up in your most garnet and gold attire. Everyone in Tallahassee knows the welcoming of Spring means the annual FSU Garnet & Gold game!

The FSU Garnet & Gold game is an annual spring football game held by Florida State University (FSU). The game is played between two teams consisting of FSU football players and serves as a scrimmage to showcase the team’s talent and prepare for the upcoming season.

The teams are divided into the Garnet team, which represents the offense, and the Gold team, which represents the defense. The game is held at famous Doak Campbell Stadium, the home of FSU’s football team.

The FSU Garnet & Gold game is a popular event for FSU alumni, students, and fans to attend and get a preview of the team before the start of the regular season. Whether it’s your first time going to the game or if you’re an avid attendee, we’ve laid out all the important details you’ll need for this year’s Garnet & Gold game.

So put your game faces on, it’s time to cheer on the FSU ‘Noles!

Spring Game’s History

Florida State University’s first Garnet and Gold game was held on April 15, 1950. This annual spring football game has been a tradition at FSU for over 70 years, with the exception of a few years when it was not held due to construction or other circumstances.

The game has evolved over the years, but remains a highly anticipated event for FSU fans, and serves as an important part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming football season!

FSU Traditions

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Every university has its own set of traditions during football season. We may be biased, but we think the Seminoles have the best in all the nation! As a student, alumni, or Tally local, you can’t attend an FSU game without knowing these deeply engrained football traditions:

  • FSU War Chant – Going to an FSU football game means you’re guaranteed to hear the school’s war chant! Fans chant while mimicking a tomahawk chop motion after any first down, touchdown, or other significant moments in the game!
  • Chief Osceola and Renegade – Before each home game, mascot Chief Osceola rides onto the field wearing traditional Native American attire and riding on his horse, Renegade. Once Chief Osceola puts the flaming spear into the ground, it symbolizes the start of the game!
  • Marching Chiefs – FSU’s official marching band is present at all football games, including the Garnet and Gold game. Fans can cheer and dance along to the band’s exciting performances at each match!
  • Sod Cemetery – Dating back to the 1960’s, the Sod Cemetery is a unique tradition where after each winning away game, a chunk of the opponent’s field is cut out and taken back to FSU to get buried in a cemetery. The tradition symbolizes the ‘Noles conquering of another team’s turf!
  • Garnet and Gold Guys – Every few years, two anonymous FSU students are chosen to be the “Garnet and Gold Guys.” This entails getting decked out in head-to-toe garnet and gold glitter and paint! You’ll likely spot these guys at each FSU game cheering on the football team.
  • Unconquered Statute – Located outside of the Doak Campbell Stadium is the statue of a Seminole warrior holding a spear. The statute represents the resilience of the Seminole people, and serves as an inspiration of determination for the FSU football team!
  • Doak After Dark – Each year immediately after the Garnet and Gold game, FSU hosts a music concert right on the football field! Students or guests with a ticket to the Spring game have access to the show, which is one you do not want to miss! In 2022, the musical guest was Chris Janson. We’ll keep you up to date with the 2023 Doak After Dark musical performance as soon as it’s announced!

Important info for Garnet & Gold Game

Based on last year’s Garnet & Gold game, we’ve compiled this list of helpful information to make sure you’re prepared for this year’s game:

  • Date and time of the game? Saturday, April 15th at 5pm
  • What time do gates open? 4 pm
  • Is the Spring Game televised? Yes! It will be streamed on the ACC Network


$10 – General admission in the main seating bowl

$40 – Dunlap Champions Club (only available to club season ticket holders)

  • All paid will call tickets will be handled (except for club seats) at the box office at Howser Stadium, which opens at noon.
  • The Champions Club box office will open at 3 pm.
  • Tickets will be issued digitally.


Tickets to the Garnet and Gold game are FREE for Students! Students will be checked in using their student ID and not issued a ticket. Students can access entry to the game from any of the open stadium gates.


All seats will be general admission and reserved for club season ticket holders and Legacy, Platinum, and Golden Chief level Booster members.


Suite rental is available for current suite contract holders only.

Doak After Dark Concert

The concert is free with the purchase of a spring game ticket.

When will the concert take place?

The Doak After Dark concert will begin approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the Spring Game.

Where will the concert take place?

The concert is being held on the field at Doak Campbell Stadium and will face the west side (home sideline).

How can I view the concert?

All seats in the bowl are general admission. Those staying for the concert are free to move to the west side at the conclusion of the game.

Is there Field Access for the concert?

Yes! Field passes are available for the concert – refer to the Doak After Dark website for more information.


Parking lots 4,5,6,9 and lot 14 (depending on weather) will be open from 10:00am. The price for parking will be $8. Parking spaces within each paid lot will be on a first come, first served basis. There will also be free parking in lots 11 and 19.


Tailgating is welcome! Fans can tailgate in all lots except lot eight. The lots will open at 10:00am.

Tally Spring Game Events

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Itching to get into the school spirit before the Garnet & Gold Game? We’ve created a list of exciting Tally events surrounding the big game:

Cosmic Presented by FSU Flying High Circus

FSU’s Flying High Circus has been putting on incredible acts for 75 years! Join this year’s exceptional performance titled “Cosmic!” Each showcase has different themes with exciting acts like the flying trapeze, juggling, and a quartet adagio! General tickets begin at $18 and can be purchased online. Students receive FREE entry with valid Student ID.

Date/Time: Dates from April 7th-22nd, 2023; shows at 2pm, 7pm, and 8pm

Address: Jack Haskin Circus Complex, 269 Chieftan Way, Tallahassee FL 32306

5th Annual 36 Degrees/Doak Boyz Spring Game Tailgate

Join the fifth Spring Game tailgate put on by Den Media Group. With a ticket you’ll get all you can eat ribs, jambalaya, burgers, hot dogs, and more! Plus they’ve got beer, liquor, and cigars to get you prepped for the Garnet & Gold Game! Tickets to their tailgate are $30 and can be purchased online.

Date/Time: April 15th, 2023, 12pm-6pm

Address: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium

2023 Garnet & Gold 4 Miler

The annual FSU race returns! During the Spring Game weekend, race along the scenic four-mile tour of the university’s campus, finishing on the 50 in the Doak Campbell Stadium! Registration fees begin at $45.

Date/Time: April 16th, 2023, 8am

Address: 403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee FL 32304

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