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Based in Tallahassee, Florida, the Florida State Seminoles have a rich tradition of athletic success. As part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Seminoles in garnet red and gold are the main rivals of in-state foes the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators. The rivalries are often quite heated between the Florida schools. When a person thinks about the Florida State Seminoles, the first thing that comes to mind is Seminole football. Playing in Doak Campbell Stadium, nearly 80,000 fans gather on Seminole game days to cheer on their beloved team. Their rich history of football success has culminated in three national championships in 1993, 1999 and 2013. Famous football alumni to come from Florida State are renowned head coach Bobbie Bowden, Deion Sanders, Warrick Dunn, Terrell Buckley, Ron Simmons, LeRoy Butler, Anquan Boldin, Darnell Dockett, Jameis Winston, Lee Corso and Antonio Cromartie.
Florida State is also highly regarded for its baseball program which hosts its home games at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminole baseball team has been to twenty-two College World Series’ and has appeared in the national championship final three different times. Memorable alumni from the FSU baseball program are current MLB pros J.D. Drew and Buster Posey.
The iconic Seminole football symbols at Doak Campbell Stadium are heroic symbols Seminole leader Osceola and his Appaloosa horse Renegade, who ride into the stadium from a tunnel and plant a burning spear into the grass at midfield before every game. This rich Florida State tradition started in 1978 and continues to this day. Throughout Seminole athletic events, the Florida State University Fight Song can be heard among the crowd during games as well as the war chant, where the crowd cries an old Seminole chant while making a tomahawk chopping motion with their arms. This tradition started in Seminole nation, only to be copied by professional ball-clubs like the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Chiefs.