Schools across the country have scaled back or eliminated altogether connections to American Indian culture — genuine or otherwise.
The Florida State University Seminoles continue to embrace theirs. For proof, look to the south end zone of recently renovated Doak Campbell Stadium, where 6,000 new chair-back club seats were specified in four colors — two variations each of traditional FSU gold and garnet. This results in a less monochromatic appearance to each of the school colors within a pattern spanning two seating decks. Moreover, the section is shaded by a tensile structure that draws support in eight locations from shafts bearing an artist's metal-and-glass spearhead motif. "We gathered inspiration from the Seminole tribe and the patterns Florida State has displayed over the years," says Gary Miller, director of building information modeling at Atlanta-based Rosser International Inc., which partnered on the project with EMI Architects of Tallahassee. "We wanted to bring out the spirit of Florida State. From an artistic standpoint, it was great to create an iconic image for television and the fan experience. You know you're in Doak Campbell Stadium."
This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Stadium renovation showcases Seminole inspiration." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.