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Homecoming Live

Homecoming Live Spring 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021

Pre Show at 5:30 – 7 PM free promo and music
Doors Open at 7 PM
Show Starts at 8 PM
Location: Doak Campbell Stadium

Homecoming Live is an annual evening of entertainment and laughter held on the night before FSU's Garnet and Gold Spring football game. Attend Homecoming Live to witness the crowning of Florida State's Homecoming Chief and Princess, appearances by special FSU performers entertaining the audience and an unforgettable performance by a well-known comedian. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks show.

Homecoming Live Poster

Ticket Information

FSU Student Tickets

FSU students with valid FSUID and student email can reserve a ticket through the FSU Athletic's ticket system. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, stadium capacity is limited and students are restricted to one ticket.

FSU Student Tickets

FAMU/TCC students

Discounted student tickets will soon be available online for FAMU and TCC students and are limited to one (1) ticket per student ID and are $15.00.

Check back soon for more details.

General Public

General Public tickets information will be available soon and tickets will be $25.00.

Check back soon for more details.

Prohibited Items in the Stadium

All ticket holders and their belongings may be searched upon entry into stadium. If ticket holders elect not to consent to the searches they will be denied entry into the stadium without refund.


  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Weapons or explosives
  • Food or beverage from outside the Stadium
  • Coolers or containers, including cans, cups and bottles
  • Bags larger than 12” x 6” x 12”
  • Backpacks
  • Artificial noisemakers (whistles, bells, air horns, etc.)
  • Video equipment, tape recorders, cameras with lenses longer than 6”
  • Sticks, poles, flags or signs
  • Laser pointers
  • Laptops
  • Pets (except special service animals)
  • Skateboards
  • Beach balls or other airborne objects

Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of the law enforcement officials as dictated by increased threat conditions.

About Homecoming Live

FSU’s Homecoming Live, sponsored by the Student Government Association, is an annual evening of entertainment and laughter held on the night before Florida State University’s Homecoming football game. Since the inaugural 1948 pep rally, Homecoming Live has evolved into a full night of events. Homecoming Live features performances by the FSU cheerleaders, the Golden Girls, the Flying High Circus, the Marching Chiefs, and various other student organizations.

Homecoming Live culminates with a headlining comedian.

Previous Headliners

1965 Peter, Paul, and Mary Tully
1966 The Lettermen Tully
1967 Al Hirt Tully
1968 Ray Charles & The Raelettes Tully
1969 Stevie Wonder, Bar Kays, Oliver, Jennifer Warnes, Stu Gilliam Stadium
1970 Chambers Brothers and Sugarloaf Stadium
1971 Ike and Tina Turner Stadium
1972 Associatioin, Bob Seger, Brownsville Station Stadium
1973 The Fantasmagical Flash & Filigree Holocaust Flash Cadilac, Steve Martin, and more… Stadium
1974 Seals and Croft Stadium
1975 Stephen Stills and the Outlaws Stadium
1976 Cheech and Chong, Little River Band, Meisburg & Walters Stadium
1977 Kris Kristofferson, Rita Collidge, Billy Swan, Barbara Carroll Stadium
1978 Winter Brothers Band Union Green
1979 Bill Cosby, Sea Level, Leroux Stadium
1980 Little River Band, Dirt Band Stadium
1981 Beach Boys Civic Center
1982 Bob Hope, Gary U.S. Bonds Civic Center
1983 Talking Heads Civic Center
1984 Chicago, Alan Kaye Civic Center
1985 Chuck Berry, Martha Reeves, Sam Moore Civic Center
1986 Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reffer Band Civic Center
1987 The Outfield, Jimmy Davis, & Junction Civic Center
1988 Rod Stewart Civic Center
1989 Jay Leno, Cherelle Stadium
1990 Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Richard Jeni Civic Center
1991 Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxworthy Civic Center
1992 Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Nealon, J. Sweeney Civic Center
1993 Howie Mandel Civic Center
1994 Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Spencer Civic Center
1995 Adam Sandler Civic Center
1996 Carrot Top Civic Center
1997 David Spade, J.B. Cook Civic Center
1998 Jay Mohr Civic Center
1999 Sinbad Civic Center
2000 Dave Chapelle Civic Center
2001 Andy Dick, Vic Henly Civic Center
2002 Dane Cook Civic Center
2003 Cedric “The Entertainer” Civic Center
2004 Larry the Cable Guy Civic Center
2005 Carlos Mencia Civic Center
2006 Stephen Colbert Civic Center
2007 Sarah Silverman Civic Center
2008 Jimmy Fallon Civic Center
2009 Jim Gaffigan Civic Center
2010 Fred Armisen and John Oliver Civic Center
2011 Craig Ferguson Civic Center
2012 Kathy Griffin Civic Center
2013 Nick Offerman and Retta Civic Center
2014 Kenan Thompson and Colin Jost Civic Center
2015 Amy Schumer Civic Center
2016 Whitney Cummings Civic Center
2017 Hannibal Buress with Jak Knight Civic Center
2018 Nick Kroll Civic Center
2019 Pete Davidson with Ricky Velez Civic Center
2021 TBD Stadium

The History of Powwow

The noun “powwow” comes from the Narragansett Eastern Algonquian language. While direct translations to English vary, the underlying definition is any gathering of Native people. The modern powwow has evolved from the Grass Dance Societies that formed in the 1800s. This was originally a social event that allowed Tribes to re-enact treaties as their members witnessed. This event would later become the one of the only means for Native people to preserve their culture. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 led to the displacement of Native Americans as Tribes east of the Mississippi River were forced to surrender their land and move to designated lands in the west. As the U.S. government focused on expanding west, it passed the Indian Appropriations Act of 1851. Native Americans were then displaced into more restricted lands we now know as reservations. During this removal period, many Tribes were forced to share the land with Tribes they had poor relationships with and/or Tribes unknown to them. This systemic approach to oppress and eradicate Native Americans continued by typical ceremonies and customs being prohibited at reservations. However, Grass Dance Societies were permitted. Native Americans began to realize the only way for their culture to survive was to compromise and compile. Therefore, “Inter-Tribalism” grew as songs, dances, clothing, food, and art were shared. This event was used by the Native people to keep their identities alive, and it would later become known as a powwow in the mid-1900s.

Homecoming Live FAQs

Why has the name changed?

The name Pow Wow was taken from the word powwow in Indigenous cultures across the United States. The FSU Homecoming Council felt as if this use of the word was not appropriate for what the event was, as it did not highlight any of the culture that the name came from. The FSU Homecoming Council made the decision to change the name to “Homecoming Live” because it felt more aligned with what the event was: a student focused, live event spotlighting the accomplishments of our students, alumni, community, etc. and showcasing what makes FSU the best university. The previous name was also not in line with the values of diversity and inclusion that the students on Homecoming Council feel are important.

What is a powwow?

The name Pow Wow was taken from the word powwow in Indigenous cultures across the United States. Today, powwows feature songs, dances, clothing, food, and art that are shared to honor the history of Indigenous customs, stories, and heritage. The FSU Homecoming Council felt as if this use of the word was not appropriate for what the event was, as it did not highlight any of the culture that the name came from. For more information on the history of powwow, visit our website

Is this name change going to stick around?

Homecoming is a student led tradition with each elected council contributing to their year’s events in different ways. However, we intend to make the name “Homecoming Live” stick around by working to reflect the name change in Student Government Association statutes.

How was this decision reached?

The initiative to change the name Pow Wow started with Homecoming Council members and the effort has been discussed with university administration to make the name change possible.

How will this name change be reflected on social media platforms?

The FSU Homecoming Council has been working on making changes to the website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more to better reflect the new name, “Homecoming Live”. Many changes have been made, but there is still work to be done, including ensuring that all 2021 Spring Homecoming schedules and posts say “Homecoming Live” instead of “Pow Wow”. Our website changes will include a section which will provide a brief history of the origin of powwows in Indigenous cultures.

Is Homecoming Live the same type of event that Pow Wow was?

Homecoming Live is an annual pep rally featuring student performers, comedians, Chief and Princess reveal, and more! This year it will be held in Doak Campbell Stadium. With COVID-19 impacts, the event will look different from previous pep rallies as we strive to put on the safest and most inclusive event possible. Social distancing, mask requirements, and other safety practices will be in effect.

What will Homecoming Live look like this year?

Like many events this year, Homecoming Live will look different than the Homecoming pep rally has looked previously. FSU Homecoming wants to ensure that all COVID-19 restrictions are being maintained in order to have a safe event. For the most up to date information, be sure to look at our website and social media accounts for announcements on event details.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information, contact Dr. Felicia Williams, Director of Student Engagement or (850)-644-6673