FSU’s Garnet & Gold Game 2024

March 14, 2023 Parents, Students

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Spring is in the air! It’s officially time to stop and smell the roses—and suit up in your most garnet and gold attire. Everyone in Tallahassee knows this season welcomes the annual Florida State University (FSU) Garnet & Gold Spring Showcase game! Despite FSU fans being concerned over whether this year’s game would still occur due to the construction at Doak Campbell Stadium, the 2024 Garnet & Gold game will still be held!

The FSU Garnet & Gold game is an annual spring football game played between two teams of FSU football players, serving as a scrimmage opportunity to showcase the team’s talent and prepare for the upcoming season.

The divided players are placed on team Garnet representing the offense, or team Gold representing the defense. The game is typically held at the famous Doak Campbell Stadium, the home of FSU’s football team.

This year’s match comes after FSU’s 2023 season, in which they held a 13-0 record along with participating in their 11th Orange Bowl appearance in the program’s history. This game will also be the first chance that FSU fans get to watch the team’s new roster in action, including transferred quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. There are also 82 FSU players returning from the 2023 roster.

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 crucial details you’ll need for this year’s Garnet & Gold match.

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 & Gold game was held on April 15, 1950. That has made the annual spring game a tradition at FSU for over 70 years, aside from the few years where construction or other circumstances prevented the game from occurring.

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, FSU 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 –In previous years following the Garnet and Gold game, FSU has hosted a concert series right on the football field! Doak After Dark is a fantastic way to showcase up-and-coming performers, along with adding some musical fun to top off an excellent day of college football! Unfortunately, there has been no mention of Doak After Dark to follow this year’s game. It’s likely that the concert has been postponed due to the ongoing construction/renovations of Doak Stadium.

Important info for Garnet & Gold Game

We’ve compiled a list of helpful information to make sure you’re prepared for FSU’s Garnet & Gold game:

  • Date and time of the game? Saturday, April 20th at 4pm
  • What time do gates open? 4 pm
  • Is the Spring Game televised? Yes! ESPN announced that the game will be streamed on the ACC Network


IMPORTANT: Due to the ongoing construction currently taking place inside Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU announced that this year’s Garnet & Gold Spring Showcase is operating at limited capacity. To find out more about available tickets or parking passes, refer to their site Seminoles.com/tickets or call the ticket office of the Florida State Athletics at 1-888-FSU-NOLE (1-888-378-6653).


Tickets to the Garnet and Gold game are FREE for Students! Students are checked into the stadium by using their student ID and can access entry to the game from any of the open stadium gates. However, due to the limited spacing available at this year’s Garnet and Gold game.


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. However, due to the ongoing construction at Doak, there will be no Doak after Dark this year. Stay tuned for the hopeful return of the Doak After Dark concert series in 2025!

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) are usually open for the Spring Showcase from 10:00am with the price at $8. Parking spaces within each paid lot are on a first come, first served basis. Again, the construction at Doak may complicate parking on game day. Contact the FSU Ticket Office for more information.


Tailgating is welcome! The available lots usually open at 10:00am. The number of available lots may be limited due to Doak’s construction. We recommend getting there early or checking in with the Ticket Office for specific tailgating questions.

Looking for year-round tailgating fun? Make sure to check out The Garnet & Gold Tailgate! Sponsored by FSU’s Student Engagement, this division of student affairs host alcohol and tobacco free tailgate events inside Union Plaza prior to most home football games.

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:

Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4)

If you haven’t already heard, FSU has a student volunteer group that focuses on sustainability. Garnet & Gold Goes Green (G4) is a recycling program with FSU Sustainable Campus. Students who volunteer will “act as friendly faces while recycling from fans and tailgaters with the intention of keeping Doak Campbell Stadium and the Donald Tucker Civic Center clean and promoting eco-friendly behavior.” For this year’s Spring Showcase game, G4 is offering FSU students a terrific opportunity to earn volunteer hours, while also getting to tailgate and keep the Noles stadium clean! It is free to participate, with sign ups not required but encouraged. Snacks and merchandise will also be provided for participants!

Date/Time: April 20th, 2024, 12pm – 3pm

Address: Meet at Three Torches by Doak Stadium

Tallahassee Pridefest 24: Pride in the Plaza

Need a fun, family friendly event to check out prior to the Garnet & Gold game’s kickoff? Join Tallahassee’s annual celebration of pride! The event has entertainment all day long at Kleman Plaza including music performances, local and regional vendors, and a Kids Zone! Come out to support and join Tally’s diverse LGBTQ+ community in promoting peace and understanding. This is a free event presented by Visit Tallahassee and the City of Tallahassee.

Date/Time: April 20th, 2024, 12pm-5:30pm

Address: Kleman Plaza, 306 Duval St, Tallahassee FL 32301

LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival

North Florida’s beloved outdoor fines arts festival returns in 2024! Located in downtown’s Chain of Park, LeMoyne’s Art Festival transforms the outdoors into a serene, tree-lined art gallery that brings artists together from across the nation. This year’s festival will host more than 150 artists, have live music entertainment, provide local food and craft beer vendors, and have art activities for children—making it the perfect event for the whole family! The festival will take place the same weekend as the Garnet & Gold game.

Date/Time: April 20-21st, 2024, 10am – 5pm

Address: 42-98 N Monroe St, Tallahassee FL 32301

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