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The Seminoles are coming to Tampa for the first time since 1979 and The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is partnering with the  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to help local and visiting fans celebrate.  The Seminoles take on the University of South Florida Bulls in Raymond James Stadium on September 29, 2012.

The single biggest event of the weekend will be our Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino  FSU vs. USF “Fear the Spear”  Tailgate!  Details on that, and more, are below.  We will continue to provide you the latest and greatest information right here on this webpage — book mark it and check back often.  GO NOLES!


FRIDAY, September 28, 2012

Pow Wow at the Pool!

Calling all FSU fans, we’ve got rockin’ drink specials, awesome music and  raffles to keep the party kickin’. Head over to the pool and make  yourselves heard!

  • When: Friday, September 28th from 6pm-10pm
  • Where: Poolside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Free and open to the public
  • Live DJ spinning the hottest hits, raffles INCLUDING GAME TICKETS
  • Come early and enjoy dinner in one of the many Hard Rock restaurants, stay after and play in the casino!

Seminoles-Bulls Super Shootout!

Tee-off against the Bulls on the golf course on Friday, September 28th to benefit the FSU Varsity Club and the USF Foundation!

  • When: Friday, September 28th. Shotgun start at 8:30am
  • Where: The Claw golf course on the campus of the University of South Florida
  • Entry Fee: $100/individual – $375/team

To register: please visit or call John Reger, PGA @ (352) 682-3336.

We are also working on plans for FSU Fans to celebrate the night before the big game.  Check back for more details as the become available.

GAME DAY, September 29, 2012

 Game Day Coffee Chat

 FSU President Eric Barron & Heisman Trophy Winner Chris Weinke will be hosting a game day coffee chat at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel (International Plaza) from 10am until 11:30am on September 29, 2012.  You can get more information and RSVP at:  Please RSVP by September 26, 2012.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

 FSU vs. USF “Fear the Spear” Tailgate!

FSU’s Largest Tailgate Ever…Presented by the Tampa Bay Seminole Club, Seminole Boosters, and the FSU Alumni Association!

Come celebrate with thousands of your fellow ‘Noles right across the street from the big game! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Live Music presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of Tampa;
  • All you can eat delicious BBQ menu catered by Port-A-Pit Bar-B-Que (multiple options);
  • Unlimited ice-cold beer (with proper I.D.) and non-alcoholic beverages;
  • Special appearances by the Marching Chiefs, Cheerleaders, President Dr. Eric Barron, Play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff and commentator William Floyd, Flying High Circus, former FSU Alumni legends, celebrities and many more (photo opportunities may be available);
  • Tame the Bull on one of our TWO mechanical bulls (proper I.D. required);
  • Radio Row featuring ESPN Tallahassee and The Jeff Cameron Show and more;
  • Authentic Seminole Tribe of Florida arts and crafts exhibitions;
  • Kids activities including bounce houses (must be accompanied by an adult), games and face-painting by the Lady Spirithunters;
  • Join in on tailgate games including the QB contest with former FSU quarterbacks and win prizes;
  • Seminole vendors with the latest merchandise;
  • FSU themed Silent Auction;
  • Parking on site (for an additional cost); and
  • lots of Garnet and Gold!

 Tickets are available by clicking HERE.  We also have a limited number of VIP and Sponsorships available.  They include include all of the above for your party, plus:

  • Private covered tent;
  • Private food and beverage access with dedicated server;
  • Private portable bathroom access
  • Access to additional alcoholic beverage options; and
  • Express entry to the Tailgate.

The tailgate is located on the HCC campus right across from Raymond James Stadium (Dale Mabry and Tampa Bay Blvd).  Everyone is welcome, bring your USF friends!

Other important info:

  • General admission tickets are just $30 with discounts for those from 10-20 ($15) and FREE admission for kids 9 and under.
  • VIP tickets are $50. 
  • Tickets are available online in advance.
  • Game tickets sold separately and are not required to purchase tailgate tickets.
  • Bus and RV parking are available in nearby lots.
  • If you have questions you can contact

Register for the “FEAR THE SPEAR” Tailgate by clicking right here!  Get Your Game On…Sign Up Today!

SUNDAY, September 29, 2012

If you stick around Sunday, you also have a great opportunity to catch the Tampa Bay Buccanneers in action with your fellow Noles!



 The demand for tickets by FSU Fans have exceeded the tickets allotted to the University by USF.  If you did not get tickets through FSU, you can get them directly from USF’s ticket office. It is unlikely single tickets will be available but group packages from the USF ticket office if you have 25 or more people (requires buying tickets to one additional game ($50 for FSU/$21 for another game)).


 If you are visitng Tampa for the game (or just want to stay closer to the action) the Seminole Boosters have contracted for discount rates at these area hotels:

  • Renaissance Tampa (International Plaza)
  • Wyndham Tampa
  • Intercontinental Tampa
  • Hyatt Place
  • Residence Inn

 You can book rooms now through Game Time Travel by clicking here.