Big risks, big rewards await FSU in 2019 season-opening game in Jacksonville

EverBank Field

The 2018 season hasn’t even started yet and excitement for 2019 has already been kickstarted for Seminole Nation. Willie Taggart and company left ACC spring meetings Wednesday to come to Jacksonville and announce next season’s opening game against Boise State.

Taggart, Jacksonville Mayor Leon Curry, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett, FSU AD Stan Wilcox, FSU President John Thrasher and Chairman of Board of Trustees Edward Burr were present for a 30-minute press conference at TIAA Bank Field – formerly Everbank Stadium – where they discussed how the game came about and what it means to FSU.

There are aspects of this game being played in Jacksonville that are different from traditional neutral site games. For starters, this isn’t a neutral site game, it is a home-and-home series with Boise State in which FSU is choosing to move its home game to Jacksonville.

Traditionally, season-opening neutral site games like FSU played against Alabama to open 2017 see both teams given a large, guaranteed payout. That’s not the case here. Instead of a guaranteed payout from game organizers, FSU will control the gate and ticket revenue – just like it does at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Remember, this is a home game for FSU and that’s how revenue will operate. For all intents and purposes, Doak Campbell moves east for this game.

The game should sell out, but that’s a huge risk. If it sells out, FSU stands to make more money than a traditional home game in Tallahassee. If there are thousands of empty seats, it will be a revenue loser. Depending on how stadium seating is configured for the game, capacity at the venue will be roughly 70,000.

Thrasher made it clear he wants ticket prices to be affordable for fans to be able to attend the game.

Thrasher, who is from Jacksonville, wants this to be a signature moment of his tenure. He wants to bring FSU football back to Jacksonville in order to increase the school’s presence in northeast Florida.

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