2017 Homecoming FAQ

If you have a question that is not answered on our FAQ page, please email us at fsumca@gmail.com.

When is Homecoming (HC)?

A:

Homecoming (HC) is November 18, 2017.

What is the fee to register for Homecoming?

A:

The Registration Fee is $50 and includes the following:

  • Tailgate food/drinks
  • Game entry
  • Seat in the MCA stadium seating block
  • The opportunity to march with the MCA at Pre-Game and Halftime

Can I bring guests? Is there a limit?

A:
Yes, you may purchase guest tickets for family/friends when you register online for Homecoming. 
  • Tailgate Party guest wristbands are $25.
  • Game guest tickets are $10 (LIMIT 3).
    • We have a limited number of guest seats available for purchase.
    • The 3-ticket limit per REGISTERED member allows more members a chance to purchase them.
    • Even so, it's FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED - order ASAP! If we run out, we're out.
  • CAUTION: 
    • The FSU Foundation's new registration software may allow you to purchase more than 3 game tickets.
    • DO NOT PURCHASE MORE THAN 3!
    • If you do, we can only give you 3 tickets, and we cannot give refunds. 
    • Using another member's allottment:
      • Your "buddy" member must purchase the tickets, which will be put into that member's packet.
      • You'll have to arrange to get the tickets from that person.
  • You'll receive any guest tickets purchased in your registration packet.

When is the deadline to register for Homecoming?

A:

The deadline to register is Sunday, November 5, at 11:59 pm. 

  • Please see below for what to do if you miss the registration deadline.

What if I miss the deadline?

A:

The 2017 FSUMCA HOMECOMING REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Sunday, November 5, at 11:59 pm!!!

If you miss the deadline:

  • You cannot register/pay online.
  • You must pay a $30 late registration fee.
  • You canNOT order guest tailgate or game tickets.
  • You cannot reserve large instruments. 
  • You cannot order the REQUIRED uniform polo. 
    • You will not be able to enter the stadium, go into the MCA seating block, or march on the field witbout it.
    • You may still register late, but you must already have a uniform shirt, or take your chances at packet pick-up (no guarantee that any will be available by then).

 

Please go to the "How do I register after the deadline?" FAQ to learn how to complete late registration.

How do I register after the deadline?

A:

To register late, you must:

  • Send an e-mail to fsumca@gmail.com with your registration information.
  • Bring cash or check for the full amount, plus a $30 late fee, to packet pick-up on Friday 11/17.
  • Already have an FSUMCA shirt to get into the stadium, or take your chances at packet pick-up (no guarantees that any will be available by then).

THERE WILL BE NO GAME-DAY REGISTRATION FOR ANY REASON!!

Due to the increase in security and regulation from the University, late registration is much more difficult for us to process. This is why we have to impose these additional regulations on our members.  

If I need to cancel my registration, how do I do that?

A:

If you need to cancel your registration and would like a refund, please email us at fsumca@gmail.com.

  • Please include your emailed registration confirmation and your registration date.
  • We will contact the FSU Foundation on your behalf to cancel your registration and seek a refund.
  • Refunds typically take 3-5 business days, depending on your card company, to post back to your account.

Two or more people in our family are FSUMCA members. Can we all register together?

A:

No, each of you must register separately and pay separately.

I only want to go to the tailgate party. Can I just buy a $25 tailgate ticket without paying the $50 on-time registration fee?

A:

Unfortunately, No. The one-time Registration Fee for this event is $50 for all MCA members.

  • The costs of Homecoming are covered only by member Registration Fees, so all members share the overall cost for Homecoming weekend.
  • Your $50 Registration Fee includes a complimentary ticket to the MCA Tailgate Party, so you do not need to buy a tailgate ticket for yourself.
  • The $25 Tailgate Fee is only for guests of the paid members.

I don’t want to march, and don’t care about sitting in the MCA seating block. Can I just buy a game ticket for myself without paying the $50 registration fee?

A:

Unfortunately No. You must pay the $50 MCA registration fee.

  • The costs of Homecoming are covered only by our Homecoming Registration Fees. 
  • Your $50 Registration Fee includes a complimentary seat in the MCA seating block, so you do not need to buy a game ticket for yourself.
  • Only MCA members who have paid the full $50 Registration Fee can order the $10 Guest Game Tickets (LIMIT 3).

The FSU ticket office gave us a certain number of seats in our guest seating block. These seats are only for guests of our marching/playing members.

When do I get my registration packet?

A:

Packet pick-up info:

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 3:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Outside Chiefs Field (exact location TBD, but you won't be able to miss us!)

 PLEASE make every effort to pick up your packet on FRIDAY!

  • If you can’t be there at that time, please ask someone to pick it up for you ON FRIDAY.
  • MCA HC Committee Volunteers will not have much time to assist you on Saturday morning - we have to be at the music and field rehearsals that morning with everyone else.
  • Thank you SO MUCH for understanding and for your help with this!  Your volunteers really appreciate it!

What is included in our registration packets?

A:

Your registration packet will contain the following:

  • ***MOST IMPORTANT: Your official 2017 HC Name Badge
    • YOU CANNOT GET INTO THE STADIUM WITHOUT YOUR BADGE!
    • YOU CANNOT SIT IN THE MCA SEATING BLOCK WITHOUT YOUR BADGE!
    • It must be ATTACHED to your UNIFORM POLO shirt and VISIBLE to FSU Ticket Office Staff.
  • HC Weekend info sheet
  • Any guest game tickets and/or guest tailgate wristbands ordered
  • A drill sheet for our halftime set with the current Chiefs

What else is going on Friday besides packet pick-up?

A:

 

  • FSU Homecoming Parade
    • Time TBA, but usually 2pm (FSU Homecoming Webpage not yet updated).
    • We’ll post a route map as soon as one is available.
  • Marching Chiefs Rehearsal
    • 4-6 pm, Chiefs Field
  • FSUMCA Social
    • Time/Location TBD - updates to follow!
  • Pow Wow
    • Tucker Civic Center (formerly Leon Co. Civic Center)
    • Usually a popular comedian is the headliner
    • Time & performers TBA
  • FSU Block Party
    • CollegeTown (corner of Madison & Woodward)
    • 5pm-10pm
  • Downtown Getdown
    • Corner of Adams St. & College Ave.
    • 6pm-10pm

What is the MCA schedule for HC Game Day?

A:

Kick-off time dictates our Game Day schedule of events (rehearsals, tailgate party, Skull Session, etc.).

Kick-off time is usually announced 7-10 days before HC.

We will post the kick-off time here and on social media as soon as it is announced.

After the kick-off time is announced, we have to consult with Dr. Dunnigan & Dr. Plack to coordinate our combined rehearsal with the current Chiefs before we can publish our final Game Day Schedule.

PARKING: Can we park around Chiefs Field?

A:
PARKING ON FRIDAY FOR PACKET PICK-UP (Chiefs Field):
  • Campus is open after 2pm for Homecoming activities.
  • Park anywhere around Chiefs Field you can find a spot. 
SEMINOLE BOOSTERS PARKING MAP:   http://boosters.fsu.edu/sites/boosters.fsu.edu/files/documents/Benefits/Parking/2017ParkingMap.pdf
  • Booster lots will be closed to the public. DO NOT park in a Booster lot. You will be towed!
  • This map shows which streets/roads have restricted access on Game Day.
OTHER GAME DAY PARKING INFO:
  • The public may park in one of the following garages if space is available:
    • Traditions Way Garage - normally full by Friday night, so do not count on this.
    • Call Street Garage (corner of Call St./Macomb/Tennessee; near the College of Music) - limited, but a good place to park and then call a taxi.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:
  • Taxis:
    • All rates for taxis, etc. are APPROXIMATE and are for rides from the Call St./College of Music (520 W. Call St.) to the Stadium/Field area (288 Champions Way).
    • You can also call these companies for transportation from your hotel, etc.
    • Tallahassee Yellow Cab
      • 850-999-9999
      • tallahasseeyellowcab.com (reserve online)
      • TEXT 469222
      • APP – Choose 4MY-CABFL
      • Rate: $5 FLAT RATE, regardless of number of passengers
    • City Taxi
      • 850-575-7575
      • taxitallahassee.com (reserve online)
      • Rate: $8-$10 per vehicle (4 passengers per cab, 6 per van)
    • Discount Taxi
      • 850-364-1101
      • Tallahasseefltaxicabs.com (reserve online)
      • Rate: No response to inquiries
  • Pedicabs:  
    • Capital City Pedicabs
    • 850-597-2276
    • capitalcitypedicabs.com
    • Rates: Must call
    • For SHORT RUNS ONLY (around stadium; various entertainment complexes); unavailable for Call St./Stadium route due to distance.

 

Can I pay for another person's registration or vice versa?

A:
Frequently people ask if they can pay for someone else or if someone can pay for their registration.
  • This is complicated to keep track of at the FSU Foundation as well as with the FSUMCA. 
  • Registration data is tracked by payee, so registrations are difficult to find if the person paying and the person being registered are not the same.
  • If possible, please pay with a credit / debit card in your own name when registering.
  • If you have already paid for someone else or vice versa, we will work with you. Please be patient as this may make finding and processing your registration more difficult. 

How do we (MCA members) get over to the stadium, and where do we sit?

**SEE ALSO: “What do we wear to the game?” for more information about our REQUIRED UNIFORM for entering the stadium/sitting in the MCA seating block.

A:
  • Marching over to the stadium:
    • After Skull Session (baseball stadium), we line up in a block on the baseball field directly behind Chiefs (MCA members only, not guests; see below for entry/seating for our guests).
    • We follow the Chiefs through the back gate of the baseball complex and over to the stadium.
      • PLEASE NOTE: Our MCA block must stay directly behind the Chiefs to keep the path to the stadium clear for us.
  • Entering the stadium:
    • We go through the gate right behind the Chiefs.
    • Once inside the stadium, we DO NOT follow the Chiefs to their section.
    • A route to our seating block will be clearly marked.
  • MCA Seating Block:
    • Our seating block is Section 118, two sections to the right of Chiefs.
      • We will go to the rows marked for our instrument sections and be seated.
      • This allows everyone to be seated quickly so we don’t waste time standing in the aisles before Pre-Game.
      • After we are seated, we can move around as space allows.
      • Look for Section 118 on this Doak Campbell Stadium Section Map: 

Doak Stadium Map

PLEASE NOTE: Our guests cannot sit in our seating block.

Do we have a certain uniform to wear?

A:
Yes - Everyone must wear the official FSUMCA collared (polo style) uniform shirt (REQUIRED).
  • The old FSUBAA shirts will not work anymore.
 Everyone must wear khaki pants, shorts, capris, or skirts (REQUIRED).
  • No jeans or black pants (except for the COLORGUARD & MAJORETTES – see below).
Everyone must wear the official 2017 FSUMCA name badge (REQUIRED).
If you do not follow these rules, you will be pulled out of our marchover block.
  • You will not be allowed to enter the stadium with us.
  • You will have to purchase a game ticket elsewhere to enter the stadium.
  • You will not be allowed to sit in the MCA seating block.
  • There will be no exceptions. These rules were set by the University and we must comply with them. 
  • To purchase the correct FSUMCA uniform shirt, please see below:
    • We will post the link to order the uniform shirts as soon as it is available.

 

What do AUXILIARY groups wear?

A:
MAJORETTES must order the NEW Majorette Uniform Shirt (REQUIRED) HERE:
COLORGUARD AND FEATURE TWIRLERS must wear the official FSUMCA collared uniform shirt (REQUIRED) to get into the stadium & sit in the MCA seating block.
  • The FSUBAA shirts will not work anymore!
  • We will post the link to order the shirts as soon as it is available!
FEATURE TWIRLERS - You may wear your individual outfits on the field, but you MUST be wearing the FSUMCA uniform shirt to get into the stadium!! 
  • These are Ticket Office rules so they can clearly see who is in the MCA when we enter the stadium, and who is not.
COLORGUARD & MAJORETTES must wear BLACK pants, shorts, capris, or skirt (REQUIRED).
If you do not follow these rules, you will be pulled out of our marchover block.
  • You will not be allowed to enter the stadium with us.
  • You will have to purchase a game ticket elsewhere to enter the stadium.
  • You will not be allowed to sit in the MCA seating block.
  • There will be no exceptions. These rules were set by the University and we must comply with them.

How do our guests get into the stadium?

A:

PLEASE REMEMBER:

OUR GUESTS CANNOT ENTER THE STADIUM WITH THE MCA!

ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A GAME TICKET TO ENTER THE STADIUM!

EACH GUEST’S TICKET MUST BE SCANNED BY THE TICKET OFFICE! 

  • Walking over to the stadium:
    • Our guests will follow behind our block over to the stadium.
    • VERY IMPORTANT: Our guests cannot march over in the MCA block with us!!
    • If you want, you may walk over with your guests, behind the MCA block, but do not attempt to bring them into the MCA block (see below).
    • If you want to march with the MCA but have guests needing assistance (children, etc.), please bring an adult guest to escort them with the other guests.
  • Entering the Stadium:
    • Please remember:  GUESTS CANNOT ENTER THE STADIUM GATE WITH THE MCA!
  • DO NOT try to smuggle your guests into the stadium with us!
    • This will jeopardize our standing with the Ticket Office and we will most likely lose our HC privileges if there are any violations this year.
    •  If you do, we will pull YOU and your non-MCA guest(s) from our block. PLEASE DO NOT PUT US IN THAT POSITION!
      • You will not be allowed to enter the stadium with us.
      • You will have to purchase a game ticket elsewhere to enter the stadium.
      • You will not be allowed to sit in the MCA seating block.
      • There will be no exceptions. These rules were set by the University and we must comply with them. 
  • After the Chiefs and MCA enter the stadium, the Ticket Office will close our gate to set it up for the general public. 
    • Our guests must wait outside the stadium with the public for the gate to re-open; then, they must have their tickets scanned to enter the stadium.
    • Guests do NOT have to use the same gate that we do.
      • With their game tickets, they can use any gate, and go in at any time; before or after, but not with us.

Where do our guests sit in the stadium?

A:
  • Inside the Stadium:
  • Our guests’ seats are in Section 118, with us, but we will mark the areas of the section where the MCA playing members will sit, apart from our guests.

Look for Sections 118 on this Doak Campbell Stadium Section Map: 

Doak Stadium Map

  • PLEASE NOTE: Our guests cannot sit on our side of the seating block!!
    • Our seating block area is only for MCA members wearing the required uniform with the 2017 name badge, to ensure that there is enough room for our members  AND instruments.
    • DO NOT try to smuggle your guests into our area of the section, into the MCA seating block!
    • If you do, we will pull YOU and your non-MCA guest(s) from the seating block. PLEASE DO NOT PUT US IN THAT POSITION!
      • You will lose your 2017 name badge and will not be allowed to return to the MCA seating block.
      • There will be no exceptions. These rules were set by the University and we must comply with them.
  • ANOTHER OPTION:
    • In addition to your $50 HC registration fee, you may purchase a $10 game ticket for yourself in the guest area of the section if you want to sit with your guests.
    • Each guest will have a game ticket with an assigned row & seat, like any other game ticket, so you can’t just squeeze in.

How do I get my shirt or bag order?

A:

You will pick up your item(s) at the shirt table at packet pick-up, located at Chiefs Field on Friday afternoon.

  • All individual online orders fall under a global MCA order and will be distributed by the MCA at packet pick-up.
  • The link to order the shirts will be provided when it is available.