Neutral site non-conference games have become a staple of each September, and Florida State is among the programs most common to leave their stadiums for NFL venues. The ‘Noles met Oklahoma State in Dallas to open the 2014 season, will face Ole Miss in Orlando on Labor Day and are slated to meet Alabama in Atlanta to kick off the 2017 campaign.
Instead of playing one-and-done games, Florida State athletics director Stan Wilcox told the Tallahassee Democrat FSU is among the programs considering playing “home-and-home” neutral site series where, for instance, Florida State would face Alabama in Atlanta to open one season, then play the Tide again in Dallas to open the next.
“We’re not the only school that is looking at things like that,” Wilcox told the paper. “We’ve had a few calls about it, and at this point, we don’t have anything that’s totally attractive.
“But it goes to the point of how difficult it gets in scheduling these games, and you have to think about other alternatives.”
With the game in Orlando next on the docket and the 50,000 fans drawn to Camping World Stadium for this spring game, Florida State is also considering adding home games in cities other than Tallahassee, with Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville as the most obvious options.
“When you’re in the northern part of the state, and a lot of your fans come from the southern and eastern parts of the state, it gets taxing on them,” Wilcox said.
“We’ve come to no conclusion on it yet, but it’s just a way of getting to another venue where we have a big fan base population that could earn some more goodwill.”
Florida State played Alabama in Jacksonville in a neutral site game in 2007 and visited Tampa for a road game at South Florida in 2012. In addition to the upcoming Ole Miss game, Florida State played in Orlando opposite Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl. The ‘Noles won all three games.