JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex

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JoAnne Graf Field
at the Seminole Softball Complex
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Location Tallahassee, Florida
Coordinates 30°26′31″N84°18′17″W / 30.442°N 84.30479°W / 30.442; -84.30479 Coordinates: 30°26′31″N84°18′17″W / 30.442°N 84.30479°W / 30.442; -84.30479
Owner Florida State University
Operator Florida State Athletics
Capacity 1,000
Record: 2,509
Field size200' - lines
220' - center
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1999
ArchitectGilchrist and Crowe
Tenants
Florida State Seminoles softball (NCAA)

JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex is the home field for the Florida State Seminoles softball team: it is on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. [1] The Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith team building is the shared home of both the Florida State softball and Florida State soccer teams. Originally built in 1999, it received a multimillion-dollar upgrade beginning in 2008. It has become a key part of the complex for both softball and soccer as it also houses offices for coaches, locker rooms, training and equipment rooms.

Florida State Seminoles softball

The Florida State Seminoles softball team represents Florida State University in the sport of softball. Florida State competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Florida State University university in the United States

Florida State University is a public space-grant and sea-grant research university in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida.

Tallahassee, Florida Capital of Florida

Tallahassee is the capital city of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the Florida Territory, in 1824. In 2018, the population was 193,551, making it the 7th-largest city in the U.S state of Florida, and the 126th-largest city in the United States. The population of the Tallahassee metropolitan area was 385,145 as of 2018. Tallahassee is the largest city in the Florida Big Bend and Florida Panhandle region, and the main center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Big Bend and Southwest Georgia regions.

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History

The Florida State Soccer/Softball Complex opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, April 17, 1999. The event was held in conjunction with Florida State's 30th Anniversary of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Spring Celebration. On April 2, 2005, former university president Dr. T.K. Wetherell and former Athletics Director, Dave Hart, officially renamed the softball stadium "JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex." [2]

Dave Hart American football player and coach

David R. Hart was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1966 to 1968, compiling a record of 3–27. Hart was the athletic director at the University of Louisville from 1973 to 1978. He served in the same capacity at the University of Missouri from 1978 to 1986, before he was appointed as the commissioner of the Southern Conference.

In the fall of 2006, the stadium received improvements as Florida State unveiled a new video scoreboard and a new indoor batting facility was constructed in 2011.

Advantage

Since opening in 1999, Florida State has played to the venue’s home-field advantage. The Seminoles have recorded over 400 victories in their 20 years at JoAnne Graf Field. Despite the listed capacity of 1,000 seats, JoAnne Graf Field has had above capacity crowds on three occasions including a record 2,509 on May 3, 2017 against the Florida Gators, 18 years after the official opening of the complex.

Florida Gators softball softball team of the University of Florida

The Florida Gators Softball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of softball. Florida competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators play their home games at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Tim Walton. In the twenty-one year history of the Florida Softball program, the team has won two Women's College World Series (WCWS) national championships, eight SEC regular season championships, five SEC tournament championships, and have made nine WCWS appearances.

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History of Florida State University

The history of Florida State University dates to the 19th century and is deeply intertwined with the history of education in the state of Florida and in the city of Tallahassee. Florida State University, known colloquially as Florida State and FSU, is one of the oldest and largest of the institutions in the State University System of Florida. It traces its origins to the West Florida Seminary, one of two state-funded seminaries the Florida Legislature voted to establish in 1851.

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