Watch as 77,178 fans scurry to their seats at Florida State University's stately Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Using time-lapse photography, I took one photo every 10 seconds for about two hours from the same angle.
The pictures were taken beginning two hours before kickoff, when the stadium was empty, and the last pictures were taken minutes before kickoff of the FSU/Virginia game. The pictures are shown here run in a sped-up sequence. The clouds make interesting patterns as the time-lapse plays out.
It's a far cry from the Seminole's first game at the facility, when 15,000 fans filled seats on both sides of the gridiron to play Randolph Macon on October 7, 1950. After nine renovations and additions, the massive stadium now has a capacity of 82,300 seats overlooking Bobby Bowden Field.
The attendance record for Doak was six years ago when 84,347 fans packed the seats in 2005 for the Miami game. The impressive brick structure boasts being the 14th largest stadium in the NCAA, and the largest continuous brick structure in the United States.
By the way, Florida State won that first game in 1950 against Randolph Macon 40-7!
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