TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida State University Police Department is warning everyone to add extra time for travel to ensure early arrival to FSU's season opener and plan for some delays.
The game, originally scheduled to be played in Jacksonville, has been moved to Tallahassee due to the threat of Hurricane Dorian. The game will now take place at noon Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Fans are encouraged to use the following roadways to gain access to parking on and around FSU’s campus.
- From the north, use Stadium Drive for parking on the west side of Doak Campbell or Macomb Street and Bronough Street to Pensacola Street for parking on the east side of Doak Campbell.
- From the east, use Pensacola or Gaines streets.
- From the west, use Pensacola or Tennessee streets to Stadium Drive.
- From the south, use Lake Bradford Road.
Expect traffic to be especially heavy on Tennessee Street, West Pensacola Street, South Monroe Street, Gaines Street, Lake Bradford Road and Orange Avenue before and after the game.
Travel north and south across the inbound routes will be delayed due to the traffic control pattern from two (2) hours before kickoff until approximately 30 minutes after kickoff (weather delays not included), especially along Macomb Street and Copeland Street.
Those wishing to move from the north to the south or south to the north would be asked to move around the edge of the pre-game traffic pattern instead of trying to travel through it.
The traffic signals along West Pensacola Street will be set to “flash” pregame to give priority to westbound traffic traveling along that route toward Doak Campbell Stadium. Tallahassee PD will be on post along this route two hours prior to the game. TPD will also take control of the lights and intersections two hours before kickoff.
Other intersections closer to Doak Campbell Stadium will be controlled by TPD or other Law Enforcement Agencies as much as five (5) hours before the start of the game.
After the game is finished, West Pensacola Street east of the stadium will be modified to flow one-way for eastbound traffic only, heading away from the stadium. Traffic signals along West Pensacola Street from Champions Way to Duval Street will “flash” to give priority to traffic heading eastbound.
St. Augustine Street between Varsity Drive and South Monroe Street will continue to flow one-way for eastbound traffic only, helping to carry additional traffic away from the stadium. There will be a detour established to keep fans leaving the game on Madison Street flowing continuously out Apalachee Parkway while also keeping surface traffic north and south on Monroe Street flowing.
Southbound traffic on Monroe Street will be rerouted to College Avenue to travel under Apalachee Parkway via Franklin Boulevard/East Lafayette Street and back to Monroe Street via Gaines Street.
Northbound Monroe Street traffic will be routed to Gaines Street to travel under Apalachee Parkway via East Lafayette Street/Franklin Boulevard and back to Monroe Street via College Avenue. Fans heading away from the stadium on Gaines Street eastbound will be directed to turn south onto Monroe Street.
To give fans priority in leaving the area following the game, northbound traffic will not be allowed on Springhill Road from Orange Avenue to Gaines Street nor will southbound traffic be allowed on Stadium Drive from Tennessee Street.
To get our visitors home as quickly as possible, West Pensacola Street will flow in an eastbound direction after the game. All lanes of West Pensacola Street will flow one-way away from the stadium, as will St. Augustine Street, in an effort to reduce the traffic congestion.
After the game, all traffic signals along St. Augustine Street/Madison Street will be flashing to give priority to vehicles traveling eastbound, away from the stadium. Fans traveling eastbound on Pensacola Street will be directed north on Duval Street.
Fans traveling eastbound on St. Augustine Street/Madison Street will be directed further eastbound on Apalachee Parkway. Fans traveling eastbound on Gaines Street will be directed south on Monroe Street.
There will be a detour established to keep fans leaving the game on Madison Street flowing continuously out Apalachee Parkway while also keeping surface traffic north and south on Monroe Street flowing. Southbound traffic on Monroe Street will be rerouted to College Avenue to travel under Apalachee Parkway via Franklin Blvd/East Lafayette Street and back to Monroe Street via Gaines Street.
Northbound Monroe Street traffic will be routed to Gaines Street to travel under Apalachee Parkway via East Lafayette Street/Franklin Blvd and back to Monroe Street via College Avenue.
With the exception of parking lots 1-6, which are reserved for game staffing and Golden Chief Boosters, the parking lots that service Doak Campbell Stadium will open at 7 a.m. and will be free of charge to the general public. Disabled parking spaces will be available in the Pensacola Street parking garage (Lot 9).
Spirit Express Bus Service
The Spirit Express bus service from the Tucker Civic Center WILL NOT be available for the game.
The SeminoleSafe App
This is the official mobile safety tool of Florida State University. Fans can refer to the SeminoleSafe App under tab GAME DAY GUIDE for real-time updates and additional information for home football games from direct turn-by-turn directions to their designated Booster or general parking lot, clear bag policy and instructions, prohibited items inside the stadium and real-time weather data on campus. Fans can also download the Waze Traffic App via SeminoleSafe. All game day traffic routes both pregame and postgame are entered into the app to provide the most direct routes taking into consideration detours, closures and congestion.