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General information

  • Location address
    1 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304
  • Location country
    United States
  • Year of construction
  • Name of the client/building owner
    Florida State University
  • Function of building
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection
    • Wind protection


FabriTec has been contracted to design, engineer, fabricate, supply and install two identical tensile membrane canopies supported by steel and cables at the Seminoles’ south end zone in accordance with the University’s plans to build a premium club seating section at the south end of Doak Campbell Stadium. The tension structures will be PTFE Chukoh Skytop 800 architectural membrane and cantilever out over the stadium seats from columns located on a new club level deck. The new deck area will add 6.000 premium seats and hosted services. The total fabric plan area covers a 24.930sq.ft.

The design of the tension structures is to protect football fans from sun and rain, but also ensure that no columns would hinder fans’ enjoyment of the game. A notable design element will be the “spearheads,” located at the field end of several horizontal outriggers, which will extend out over the seating and capture the essence of the spear used by the Seminole Indian – Florida State University’s mascot. Each one will be lit up with LED lighting to provide a spectacular scene at night.

The fabric canopies are part of an extensive renovation at the south end of Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium initiated by FSU administrators and the Seminole Boosters and underscore Coach Jimbo Fisher’s commitment to rebuilding the dynasty that lead the football team to an Atlantic Coast Championship in 2014. Other proposed improvements include: raising the height of the exterior of Stadium, installing exposed glass staircases and architectural lighting. The architectural consultant on the project is Rosser International, one of the leading architectural firms involved with collegiate stadiums and other athletic facilities.
FabriTec expects to start work on site by April of 2016. [TensiNews 30 - 2016]

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil
  • Material Fabric/Foil
    Glass fabric coated PTFE
  • Material coating

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)
  • Form single element

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
  • Design lifespan in years

Involved companies