|Tuesday, October 1
Traffic concerns prompt 2-day break from classes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State has called off classes for Thursday and Friday, anticipating campus traffic problems because of Thursday night's home football game.
Bowden Bowl IV kicks off at 7:45 p.m. with Bobby Bowden's Seminoles taking on son Tommy Bowden's Clemson Tigers.
Fans will be coming into the stadium just as state workers leave their jobs only a few blocks away.
School officials claim the early "fall break" has been in the works for several years and this was a good opportunity to get it started.
"The game will involve more than 80,000 fans coming to campus during the day," President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte said. "A fall break seemed to be the answer for both the long-term and short-term challenges."
It's the second time Florida State will play at home on Thursday night. The Seminoles defeated Louisville 51-7 in 1983 in their first weeknight home game.
D'Alemberte, who is retiring early next year, said no more home weeknight games will be scheduled during a period when classes are also scheduled.
The 11th-ranked Seminoles (4-1) lost 26-20 in overtime at Louisville last Thursday night.