For the first time since 2008, Florida State is heading to Jacksonville to play a regular season game.
Florida State announced they’ll face Boise State on Aug. 31, 2019 from TIAA Bank Field in their season opener.
2019: 🍢 vs. 🐎
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) May 16, 2018
The showdown has been solidified since 2013, when it was originally intended as a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart believes his players will still feel right at home at a neutral site just 165 miles away from campus.
Willie Taggart discusses FSU opening with Boise State in 2019 in Jacksonville. pic.twitter.com/xBo6GlBsT6
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) May 16, 2018
This is the latest example in Florida State’s recent trend of neutral site season openers.
“I think it’s something that we’re going to continue to explore and consider down the road,” AD Stan Wilcox said in a quote obtained by Tallahassee.com. “There’s some pretty interesting, potential match-ups for us that would be great draws. There are many sites that want to host us and want to have us. We’re listening. The right offer comes along, the right team, and we all feel comfortable with it, we’ll do it if it’s good for the program, university and our fans.”
This will be Florida State’s third neutral-site season opening contest in the last four years (vs. Ole Miss in Orlando in 2016 and vs. Alabama in Atlanta in 2017).
Florida State is also FSU returning to Atlanta in 2020 to face West Virginia in another Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game.
Florida State begins this season in Tallahassee on Sept. 3 vs. Virginia Tech in a prime time clash.
Next year’s game in Jacksonville will be Florida State’s first regular-season game there since beating Colorado 39-21 win in 2008.
The last time Florida State played in Jacksonville was the 2010 Gator Bowl, a 33-21 victory vs. West Virginia in the final game of Bobby Bowden’s coaching career.