April 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State ticket office announced Tuesday morning that tonight's baseball game against Florida at Dick Howser Stadium is a complete sellout to the general public.
The No. 8 Seminoles (23-9) and No. 4 Gators (26-7) close out their four-game regular season series with the lone Tallahassee date. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. as FSU attempts to build on a 2-1 season lead and capture its second consecutive series win.
Student tickets are still available and will be issued with the presentation of the new gold student ID.
Florida State is coming off a well-attended weekend series against North Carolina, which included a Saturday night crowd of 6,343, which was the 14th largest home turnout in stadium history. The three-game series drew a season-high 15,701 fans and strengthened FSU's 2011 attendance standing nationally. The Seminoles are averaging 4,758 a game, which ranks seventh nationally and first among Florida and ACC schools. Through 20 home dates, it is the second highest average in program history.
Big crowds have been the norm in the FSU-Florida series. Six of the top 20 attended baseball games at Howser have involved the Seminoles and Gators, all of which have come since the stadium renovation prior to the 2005 meeting between the programs.
The largest of those six crowds came April 15, 2008, when 6,737 turned out for the Seminoles' 4-2 victory. In addition to the outstanding home crowds, the `Noles and Gators are a big draw everywhere. On March 29 of this year, 10,078 turned out at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for FSU's 5-2 victory. It was the second largest crowd to attend a college baseball game in the state, trailing only the 2007 game at the same venue, which drew 12,280.
The Howser Stadium single-game attendance mark is 6,789, set April 19, 2008 against Miami, however, a reconfiguration of general admission seating will likely prevent eclipsing that mark.
Tonight's game will push Florida State's baseball attendance over 100,000 for the 10th consecutive season.