Florida State University Mascot: Chief Osceola and Renegade

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Florida State University History

Before being known as an athletic powerhouse, Florida State University went through more than a few name changes. Florida State first got started in 1857 in Tallahassee, when it was named the State Seminary West of the Suwannee River. The school quickly integrated with the Tallahassee Female Academy, and was renamed the West Florida Seminary. The school was renamed The Florida Military and Collegiate Institute in 1863, after the addition of a military section for cadet training. After becoming Florida State College in 1901, the name was again changed, this time to the Florida Female College when its male student body was relocated. In 1909, the institution became the Florida State College for Women and gradually grew to become the nation’s third largest women’s college by the 1930s. In 1947, the school went back to coeducational status and became The Florida State University.

Florida State athletically competed as an independent school until it joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), playing their first season in 1992. Since joining the conference, Florida State has won 15 conference championships and most recently won the last BCS championship game against Auburn in 2014.  

Chief Osceola and Renegade

When the university was renamed The Florida State University in 1947, the school also reinstated their football team and needed a mascot. The student body voted on names for the mascot, and “Seminoles” was the winner. The name was chosen to honor the long-lasting Seminole Tribe of Florida for its long history of strength and perseverance.

In 1978, to more closely represent the Seminole tribe, the school introduced two living symbols, a warrior named Osceola and his horse, Renegade. Like the Seminole tribe, Osceola has a rich history as well. Osceola was one of the most inspirational people in his tribe, known for his persistent fight against their removal. He battled U.S. troops for almost two years before dying of illness.

Renegade, Osceola’s horse, has been a fixture at Seminole football games since he was revealed. The current horse is named Renegade VI; Renegade V was retired in 2014 at halftime during a game against Wake Forest.

Before every game with the entire crowd on their feet yelling the Florida State “war chant” and swinging their hands in the air back and forth like a tomahawk, Osceola holds a flaming spear while riding atop Renegade. After the Seminole faithfully finishes the university’s fight song, they ride to the center of the field where Renegade bucks up on his hind legs while Osceola drives his spear into the ground, causing the crowd to erupt.

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Top College Football Stadiums of 2011

College football is quickly approaching. No matter what team you root for on gameday, we recommend visiting these Top College Football Stadiums for the 2011 NCAA season! The following list takes into account scenic views, current stadium capacity, past lists of top stadiums, unique facts about each, and overall game-day atmosphere.

#20 Falcon Stadium, US Air Force Academy

Falcon Stadium

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Capacity: 46,692

Unique Facts

  • Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains is the gameday backdrop
  • The mascot is a peregrine falcon named “Mach 1,” which means the speed of sound – the peregrine can fly at a speed of 200 miles per hour and dives over the heads of Air Force fans
  • 2nd highest elevation in Division I-A football – over 6,620 feet above sea level

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#19 Folsom Field, University of Colorado

Folsom Field

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Capacity: 53,613

Unique Facts

  • Another high elevation – 3rd highest elevation in NCAA football – 5,360 feet above sea level
  • Flatiron mountain range is the background setting
  • A massive recycling effort in 2008 made it the first “zero-waste” stadium in the NCAA

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#18 LaVell Edwards Stadium, Brigham Young University

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Location: Provo, Utah

Capacity: 63,725

Unique Facts

  • Mt. Timpanogos and Wasatch Mountain Range are the background views
  • Part of the largest collection of North American fossils were stored under the bleachers until 2005 – now displayed in the university’s museum
  • Previously known as Cougar Stadium, head coach LaVell Edwards retired in 2000 when the stadium was renamed

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#17 Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University

Ohio Stadium

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Capacity: 102,329

Unique Facts

  • 4th largest football stadium in the US
  • No field lights are installed. Special lighting is used during night games
  • The stadium is a concert venue to some of the biggest names in music like U2 and The Rolling Stones

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#16 Husky Stadium, University of Washington

Husky Stadium

Location: Seattle, Washington

Capacity: 72,500

Unique Facts

  • Open side of the stadium looks out on Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains
  • 70% of the seats are covered by metal roofs between the end zones
  • Noise level has measured 135 decibels…loudest recorded ever

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#15 Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium “Death Valley”, Clemson University

Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium

Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Capacity: 80,301

Unique Facts

  • 2nd largest stadium in the ACC
  • Hosted concerts to popular music artists like Pink Floyd and Rage Against the Machine
  • “Howard’s Rock” is a rock given to Frank Howard by a friend claiming to originally be from Death Valley, California. The rock was eventually placed in an encasement and the Clemson Army ROTC protects the rock 24 hours prior to the Clemson/SC game every year

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#14 Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University

Jordan-Hare Stadium

Location: Auburn, Alabama

Capacity: 87,451

Unique Facts

  • Stadium is named for the winningest coach in Auburn football, Ralph “Shug” Jordan, and Cliff Hare a member of the 1st football team and president of the Southern Conference
  • 1st SEC school to install an HD video display and 2nd in the NCAA
  • Known for great gameday atmospheres and one of the more intimidating places for any opponent

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#13 Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University

Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Capacity: 82,300

Unique Facts

  • Largest continuous structure made of brick in the US
  • Field named for head coach Bobby Bowden and stadium named for former president at time of construction
  • Bronze sculpture resembling Chief Osceola and Renegade, FSU’s mascots, stands 19′ tall outside stadium. At sunset before home games, the Marching Chiefs play as Osceola’s spear is lit on fire

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#12 Camp Randall Stadium, University of Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Capacity: 80,321

Unique Facts

  • Oldest college football stadium – first formed in 1895 and completed in 1917
  • 5th largest stadium in the Big Ten Conference
  • Built on the Camp Randall grounds, former training camp of the Union Army during the Civil War

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#11 Tiger Stadium, Louisiana State University

Tiger Stadium, LSU

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Capacity: 92,542

Unique Facts

  • Home of the most intimidating mascot in college football, Mike The Tiger (a real tiger)
  • One of the worst places for visiting teams because of the loudest atmosphere in stadium history
  • New 27×80 HD Video Board

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#10 Michigan Stadium “The Big House”, University of Michigan

The Big House

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Capacity: 109,901

Unique Facts

  • Largest stadium in the US and 3rd largest in the world
  • First night football game in Michigan Stadium history will occur Sept 10, 2011, against Notre Dame
  • Size of gameday crowds almost matches Ann Arbor’s population

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#9 Beaver Stadium, Penn State University

Beaver Stadium, Penn State

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania

Capacity: 107,282

Unique Facts

  • 2nd largest stadium in the US and 4th largest in the world
  • The WhiteOut occurs when students wear all white during night games and the same for the WhiteHouse during day games
  • First stadium to be included in Google Street View

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#8 Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia

Sanford Stadium

Location: Athens, Georgia

Capacity: 92,746

Unique Facts

  • Privet hedges surround the field for not only cosmetic reasons, but also crowd control – originally planted in 1929, removed and restored in 1996
  • One of the best mascots, Uga, descends from the original white bulldog and has an air-conditioned doghouse with bags of ice inside
  • Field has only been rushed one time in history in 2000 when the Bulldogs beat their rival, the Tennessee Vols, for the first time since 1988 – the goal posts were also torn down

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#7 Kyle Field, Texas A&M University

Kyle Field

Location: College Station, Texas

Capacity: 83,002

Unique Facts

  • Kyle Field press box has won many honors with accomodations for hundreds of press members
  • The entire press box sways during the Aggie War Hymn
  • The Zone contains a sports museum, multiple seating levels, and a graveyard right outside for the Aggie mascot

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#6 Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon

Autzen Stadium, Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Capacity: 54,000

Unique Facts

  • One of the loudest stadiums in college football with steep stands, seats close to the field, and a roof that overhangs
  • Located near Willamette River and next to Alton Baker Park
  • 74 consecutive sellouts dating back to 1999

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#5 Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Memorial Stadium

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Capacity: 81,067

Unique Facts

  • Continuous NCAA record of consecutive sellouts…now at 311
  • ‘Huskers fans are some of the most loyal in college football and the stands are always filled with a “Sea of Red”
  • The stadium name honors Nebraska natives who served during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars, as well as 751 who died in World War I

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#4 Bryant-Denny Stadium, University of Alabama

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Capacity: 101,821

Unique Facts

  • Originally named Denny Stadium after George Denny, former president – changed in 1975 to honor famous past head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant
  • 2nd largest stadium in the SEC and 5th largest in the US
  • In 2010, South End Zone expanded and the new seats sold out quickly prior to the 2010 season

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#3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “The Swamp”, University of Florida

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Capacity: 88,548

Unique Facts

  • Can we say Home Field Advantage? The Swamp is below ground level with enclosed playing areas on every side, which makes humid climate temperatures exceed 100 degrees and screaming fans even louder
  • Large bronze statues of the three Heisman Trophy winners placed outside the stadium in April 2011: Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow
  • The Gator Chomp symbolizes an alligator’s mouth and fans use this as a gesture to support the team, occuring when the Pride of the Sunshine plays a two-note music sequence from the film Jaws

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#2 Notre Dame Stadium, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Stadium

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Capacity: 80,795

Unique Facts

  • Known as “The House That Rockne Built”, Knute Rockne was a coach who popularized the forward pass and helped the stadium’s construction project get off the ground
  • The playing surface has always consisted of natural grass
  • “Rudy”, a biographical film about Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who dreamed of playing Notre Dame football, was the first movie shot on campus since “Knute Rockne, All American”
  • First night game since 1991 will be held on October 22, 2011, against USC

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#1 Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee

Neyland Stadium

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Capacity: 102,455

Unique Facts

  • General Robert Neyland made the Vols a football powerhouse from 1926-1952
  • One of 70 stadiums in the US bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup
  • The largest SEC stadium, 3rd largest in the US and 6th largest in the world
  • Unique endzone paint with an orange and white checkerboard
  • Located on the Tennessee River, The Volunteer Navy tailgates (or sailgates) outside of Neyland each gameday
  • “Rocky Top” is one of the most well-known, repetitively played songs during any college football game

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