|Randy Spetman: To answer your question it might help to let you know why our situation is different than some of our conference members and why we are generally opposed to hosting a Thursday night game. As you know, the University Center built around Doak Campbell Stadium contains an enormous amount of administrative and classroom space that has little if anything to do with athletics and much less the hosting of a football game.
The parking lots at Doak Campbell are some of the largest on the campus and are packed with student vehicles (most from those student housed off-campus) each day. In order to host a week day game, Florida State must close down those parking lots and dramatically impact if not close down operations both the day before the game and the day of the game in those University Center housed offices, which include the School of Communication, Hospitality and Motion Picture just to name a few. The impact is dramatic.
None of the other schools in the ACC face the challenges that we do in terms of having academic programs right in the buildings attached to the stadium. In addition, four schools (Clemson, Miami, NC State and Wake) either don't play on campus at all or in the case of the Tigers they have huge parking areas. The remaining schools (Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia) offer very little "stadium parking" so the impact is not as great.
While the logistical challenges are prohibitive enough, the "week day" game poses real challenges for our out of town fan base particularly those who want to bring children with them or would prefer not to interrupt their normal business routine. We found the idea of a Thursday home game extremely unpopular to those traveling in for games as well as to the majority of the businesses in Tallahassee.