FSU Likely To Avoid Financial Hit After Week 1 Relocation
FSU "shouldn't take a financial hit" over moving their football season opener against Boise State from TIAA Bank Field to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee "because of insurance coverage written into the contract," according to Henry & Burlew of the TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT. FSU was "expecting a large payday from the Jacksonville game after selling around 45,000 tickets." Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Thursday that all tickets purchased for the game "will be refunded." There will be "no reserved seating in the stadium Saturday, and general admission tickets are being sold on FSU's website for $10." Tickets "can be purchased on game day at the stadium for $15." Parking will also be free of charge. Plans to move the game due to Hurricane Dorian "came as early as Wednesday when university officials reached out to Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 8/30). Curry said that staging the game "would have been too perilous" with Dorian's unpredictable path. In Jacksonville, Gary Smits notes estimates are that 28,000 fans were "coming to the game from outside" the Jacksonville area. FSU would have kept 100% of the ticket revenue since it was a home game and how much it loses "depends on how many fans come to the game in Tallahassee" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/30).