With coach Willie Taggart set to wear the headset on the sidelines for the first time at Florida State, a big crowd was expected for the Seminoles’ spring game Saturday.
And yet, the staff at Doak Campbell Stadium seemed to underestimate the crowd they received. Even 30 minutes after the start, there were long lines outside the stadium.
FSU’s spring game started about 30 minutes ago. This is still happening outside Doak right now. pic.twitter.com/JvBuEg3FYn
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) April 14, 2018
Corey Clark of Warchant.com estimated the crowd size, including the people outside, to be around 50,000. However, Wayne McGahee III of The Tallahassee Democrat guessed the attendance was as high as 65,000.
This is a remarkable crowd. Will probably be around 50,000 (or more) after everyone gets inside. IF everyone gets inside. A wee bit ridiculous that there's still a line like this a half hour after the game started. https://t.co/rqb3Rbq8N7
— Corey Clark (@Corey_Clark) April 14, 2018
There are at least 60,000 maybe 65,000 people in the stands here.
— Wayne McGahee III (@WayneMcGaheeIII) April 14, 2018
While those figures aren’t official, Florida State has a far bigger crowd this season than it did a year ago. Last spring, 26,649 fans attended the Seminoles spring game.
Much of the hype around the Florida State program is because of the new coach. Jimbo Fisher left on Dec. 1, signing a 10-year, $75 million fully guaranteed contract to become the coach at Texas A&M. Less than a week later, Florida State hired Taggart.
All spring, Taggart has brought a new enthusiasm and energy to the Florida State program. And clearly, it has carried over into the fan base, as the crowd for the program’s 2018 spring game nearly doubled what it was in 2017.