I posted something similar to this on ScalpEm.com in 2010 as a Fan Primer, but I thought I’d generalize it a bit and update it for 2012.
The 10 Commandments Of A Tallahassee NCAA Baseball Regional For Noles
- Thou shalt bring plenty of sunscreen, towels and dress appropriately, especially in the bleachers, 1B side and (for all early games) rows K and below.
- Thou shalt attend the early game between non-FSU opponents to gauge the other team’s fans and talent.
- Thou shalt be cordial to non-FSU fans when FSU is not playing them. I truly believe the friendliness and smarts of FSU fans helps Tallahassee win bids in borderline years.
- Thou shalt enjoy the newly installed Big Ass Fans in the grandstand, not complain about heat or humidity.
- Thou shalt spend a little money on drinks or food or a souvenir to support FSU.
- Thou shalt plan for weather delays. The lightning detector at Howser goes off with any lightning from here to Omaha, there will be delays.
- Thou shalt practice their Mike Martin “These Young Men” impression if a game gets out of hand on the scoreboard.
- Thou shalt not constantly exit or enter the row while the Noles are playing.
- Thou shalt visit SectionB.com and be ready to help them out with cheers throughout the game.
- Thou shalt have fun win or lose, but especially win!
Tips For Out Of Towners Coming To Tallahassee
If you’re coming in for the Regional, parking around Dick Howser Stadium is plentiful. I prefer the parking garage out by the softball and soccer complex (see map), simply because it buys some shade for the car. If that’s too far of a walk, there’s plenty at Doak, the circus or behind the LF field fence.
There’s plenty of food for between games near the stadium. Pensacola Street, Ocala Road and Tennessee Street are easy targets for you. For some of my favorites though, check out Bagelheads on Apalachee Parkway for breakfast or lunch and grab some grub at La Fiesta, also on Apalachee Parkway.
And seriously, if you’re not used to the heat over prepare for it. Dick Howser Stadium cooks all day long and is just as hot at night. Pray for a breeze and pray the lightning delays don’t last long! And if you’d like the best source for Noles news and updates about the regional, check out Tomahawk Nation.