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Local Economy Not Impacted Heavily By FSU Football Postponements

Statue of a Native American man riding a horse. The man holds a feathered spear and raises it high above him. The horse he rides on is standing on its back legs. The statue is on a cylindrical platform that has the words, "unconquered," engraved on it. In the background is FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium.
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This year, Florida State University and the University of Florida football rivalry will be extending beyond the stadium.

Florida State University’s football team has suspended its past two home games. That’s after a season spent limiting the number of people allowed in the stadium. And Executive Director of Visit Tallahassee, Kerri Post, says that’s reduced the positive economic impact the games typically have in the city. But she says since the last two postponements came at the last minute, they weren’t as bad as they could have been for the local economy.

"There was a lot of consumer spending and visitor spending here in our community because they came here to Tallahassee only then to learn that the game had been canceled due to COVID-19," said Post.

The remainder of Florida State University’s football season is uncertain with too few players remaining on the team to play after several tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Seminoles want to reschedule the games but coaches at both Clemson University and the University of Virginia say they are not willing to return to Tallahassee. The Atlantic Coast Conference Monday morning released a statement canceling FSU’s game with Duke that had been scheduled for this upcoming Saturday. If the games aren’t made up, FSU would finish the season with a 2 and 6 record, their worst season since 1974.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.