The contract for Florida State's 2019 season opener against Boise State in Jacksonville, Fla. were released on Wednesday with the formal announcement of the neutral site game between the two teams.

Here are some specifics of the contract:

  • The original game date was for Sept. 7th, 2019 in Tallahassee, Fla. The contract was amended in 2016 to move the game to Jacksonville, Fla. and change the date to August 31st.
  • The contract specifies that FSU owes Boise State $400,000 on or before February 15, 2020.
  • 300 complimentary tickets will be issued to Boise State. Also 60 sideline passes will be issued.
  • Boise State will be allotted 2,500 tickets for sale to their followers.
  • Officials for the game in Jacksonville will be the choice of Boise State officials.
  • FSU will travel to Boise State on Sept. 19, 2020 for the return game of the series.
  • Officials for the 2020 game between the two teams will be from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • The penalty for canceling the contract is $1,000,000, if done unilaterally. If canceled within 12 months of the game, the penalty doubles to $2,000,000.
  • If the game has to be canceled due to catastrophe, both parties shall be relieved of any and all obligations of their agreement.
  • The original contract between the two teams was signed by former Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman on Feb. 28, 2013.
  • The amendment of the contract to make the Tallahassee game a neutral site competition was done on March 10, 2016. Stan Wilcox formally signed it on March 23, 2016.

On Wednesday, the game was formally announced by all parties. The official release from FSU can be found below:

Florida State University President, John Thrasher along with Mayor Lenny Curry and the JAXSPORTS Council announced today that the 2019 FSU vs Boise State game will be played in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field on Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will be nationally televised.

The 2019 game will be FSU’s first-ever against Boise State. The Seminoles will play the second game of the two-game series in Boise, ID during the 2020 season.

“I would like to thank President Thrasher, Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox and the entire team at FSU for hosting their 2019 season opener at TIAA Bank Field,” said Catlett. “Florida State fans have strongly supported games in Jacksonville, as a matter of fact, FSU still holds the all-time attendance record here for the 2007 River City Showdown against Alabama with record attendance of 85,412.”

The JAXSPORTS Council is focused on bringing together a diverse set of sports groups, and is constantly working to capitalize on big opportunities – events that put Jacksonville on the map. JAXSPORTS has been working for quite some time to bring an opening weekend college football game back to Jacksonville.

“I commend Stan Wilcox and the JAXSPORTS Council for creating this tremendous opportunity for Florida State University,” said FSU President John Thrasher. “We are excited to play in Jacksonville and give our alumni and fans the opportunity to enjoy a game in one of the premier athletic venues in the South.”

“The neutral site venue and national television exposure that comes with playing Boise State at TIAA Bank Field will be invaluable to our program,” said FSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox.

Tickets to the 2019 FSU vs Boise State game will go on-sale in 2019 and will be available on a priority system.


  1. FSU Boosters and Season Ticket Holders
  2. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Ticket Holders / JAXSPORTS Members
  3. General Public

FSU’s ticket request period will begin November 1, 2018. For inquiries or questions, visit or call (888) FSU-NOLE. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl / JAXSPORTS Membersticket request period will begin February 1, 2019. For more information on the game or how to obtain priority seating, visit