TALLAHASSEE — Fans who had hoped to simply catch a faraway glimpse of the Florida State Seminoles from the stands Sunday afternoon ended up getting perhaps the most intimate view of the team that they ever will.
Thanks to nearby lightning bolts and an eventual, intense downpour, the Seminoles were forced into their new indoor practice facility on the same day they were scheduled to hold their only completely open practice of the preseason.
Several hundred fans who had originally settled onto Doak Campbell Stadium's bleacher seats joined the team inside the suddenly cramped and confined indoor practice space.
"I want the fans to see the [building]," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We were here, and we were practicing so put them on the sidelines and let them see. Let them be a part of it. We can adjust for one day or two to let those folks see what they had to see."
Part of the Seminoles' adjustments included measuring their steps on out passing routes and other plays that took them into the sidelines. Only about 15 feet separate the walls from the sidelines, and even fewer feet separated players from fans who were sitting or standing in the out-of-bounds territory.
"I told them to be careful on the sidelines," Fisher said. "I don't want them to hit some little kid."
• Fisher told reporters after practice that true freshman backup C Ryan Hoefeld was out about two weeks with an MCL sprain. The injury came after fellow backup center Austin Barron was lost three to four weeks with a foot injury. Starter Bryan Stork is playing through his own foot injury, too.