Entering its 40th season, Dick Howser Stadium has welcomed more than four million fans since it was opened during the 1983 season and has provided fans with the feeling of having “the best seat in the house” to watch the finest in college baseball action. In 2004, the stadium was expanded to its current capacity of nearly 6,700 and on April 2, 2005, Florida State University dedicated the field at Dick Howser Stadium to former head coach Mike Martin. Florida State’s skipper from 1980 through 2019, Martin spent the final 14 years of his career coaching on the field bearing his name and ended his career as the winningest coach in college baseball history.
Florida State’s players and coaches enjoy the convenience and luxury of The Griffin Family Clubhouse, located behind the first base dugout. The locker room contains a personalized wooden locker for each player, a separate locker room for Seminole coaches and an additional space for former FSU baseball players when they return to train. The baseball training room and weight room are also located underneath the grandstands. The stadium also houses all of the coaches offices, overlooking the stadium behind home plate.
Recent renovations include a new video scoreboard, an updated and expanded weight room and a new LED light system.
The video board was the second-largest in college baseball when it was put in place prior to the 2018 season and stands over 60 feet high and totals 1,981 square feet. Nearly seven times larger than the previous board that had stood since 2004, the video screen was also upgraded and enhanced.
The weight room was renovated prior to the 2019 season and now covers over 1,800 square feet of workout space and state-of-the-art equipment from Sorinex Exercise Equipment.
In January 2020, Florida State installed a new Musco LED light system that meets the NCAA requirements for regular season and postseason play. The new lights include an in-game entertainment package that will allow the lights to be used for introductions, highlights and big plays. Additionally, the in-stadium experience will be modified to include multi-colored lights for the grandstand. These upgrades were geared toward improving the student-athletes while also maintaining Dick Howser’s status as one of the nation’s best venues to watch college baseball.
Dick Howser Stadium, named after the late Kansas City Royals and Florida State manager who was also Florida State’s first-ever baseball All-American, is a showcase befitting one of the top collegiate teams in the nation. From the beautifully manicured playing surface to the chair back seats, Howser Stadium is one of the best places in the country to watch a college baseball game.
In 2014, Dick Howser Stadium was rated as one of the top 100 best stadium experiences across all sports in the United States and Canada and one of just eight college baseball stadiums to make the ranking.
In 2008, while Buster Posey was leading the Seminoles to the College World Series, Florida State set a school record with 202,132 fans passing through the gates. In 2014, as fans clamored to see Jameis Winston – fresh off leading the FSU football team to the national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy – pitch for the Noles, the average home attendance eclipsed 5,000 for the first time in school history as FSU averaged 5,019 fans over 34 home games. The Seminole faithful helped reach a new landmark in 2009, when the 39-game home slate brought 184,227 fans to the ballpark, pushing FSU’s all-time home attendance past three million, and in 2015, total attendance passed four million.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that cut the 2020 season short and reduced home attendance to 25 percent in 2021, FSU had averaged over 4,000 fans per game from 2005-2020. No ACC school has drawn as many fans in the new millennium.
Dick Howser Stadium has been selected to host 32 NCAA Regionals since 1983 and served as host to 11 Super Regionals since the format was introduced in 1999. Only four seasons – 1990, 1996, 2006, 2019 – has Florida State not hosted either a Regional or Super Regional since Dick Howser Stadium opened.
The stadium was dedicated in honor of Dick Howser in March of 1988 prior to an exhibition game between Florida State and the Kansas City Royals, two of Howser’s former teams. As part of the stadium dedication, Kansas City all-stars George Brett and Bo Jackson helped unveil a new $150,000 matrix scoreboard and a bronze bust of Howser, which currently stands in Haggard Plaza near the first base entrance.
Old Seminole Field was christened Seminole Stadium March 28, 1983, after a $1 million renovation was completed on the park. The stadium’s iconic right field wall was added prior to the 1986 season, increasing in five-foot increments from 20 feet in the power alley to 30 feet in right field — giving a unique effect.
The dedication and hard work of the FSU grounds crew was rewarded in the fall of 2001, when Dick Howser Stadium was named the best collegiate baseball field in the country. Often taken for granted, the grounds crew gives Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium a playing field unsurpassed by any collegiate team in the nation.
Florida State played from 1948-1953 at Centennial Field in Downtown Tallahassee, the former site of Florida State football before Doak S. Campbell Stadium was built. On March 18, 1954, the baseball program played its first games on the current site of Dick Howser Stadium on campus.
The Mike Loynd Tradition Room, located underneath the first base stands, holds an attractive showcase which tells the story of the great players, award-winners and tremendous FSU teams of the past. Trophies and plaques depicting Florida State’s baseball success through the years adorn the walls. It also provides a comfortable lounge area adjacent to the Griffin Family Clubhouse.
Separate wall displays, attractively back-lit, are devoted to Florida State All-Americans, former Seminoles in the pros and FSU’s 23 College World Series teams and 19 conference championships. Another wall is lined with FSU’s most recent tournament and conference championship trophies, as well as replicas of the Golden Spikes Awards of Mike Loynd, Mike Fuentes, J.D. Drew and Buster Posey.
The Mike Loynd Tradition Room, built thanks to the generous donation of former Florida State All-American Mike Loynd, serves as a showcase for the great tradition which is Florida State baseball.
|Dimensions||320' right - 400' center - 340' left|
|Height of Wall||10'|
|Height of Right Field Screen||30'|
|Playing Surface||Natural Grass (Bermuda)|
|Opening Day||March 29, 1983|
|First Game Result||FSU 5, LSU 15|
|First Day Crowd:||1,305|
|First Run||Tommy Zoeller (FSU)|
|First Hit||Zoeller, single to left|
|First RBI||Danny Dowell (FSU), single to score Zoeller|
|First Batter||John Morse (LSU)|
|First Putout||Rick Figueredo (FSU), 5-3 putout on Morse|
|First Assist||Mark Barineau (FSU) on Morse grounder|
|First Double||Ronnie Corbett (LSU), sixth inning|
|First Triple||Ronnie Corbett (LSU), eighth inning|
|First Home Run:||Rick Figueredo (FSU), fifth inning|
|FSU in Dick Howser Stadium:||1,177-270-1 (.813)|