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Virginia Tech games bring local economic boost

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As thousands of fans spent the morning tailgating and making their way to Lane Stadium, Senator Mark Warner was there to greet them.

"To be back here at lane stadium today is very special for me," says Senator Warner.

A special day because the Senator was honored during the game for all he did as Governor to help Virginia Tech become a part of the ACC.

"There's no passion like Hokie fans and they travel and that's helped Winston Salem or Greensboro as Hokie fans visit other ACC schools so this has been a win-win," he says.

A win not just for towns where the Hokies go to play, but also right here in our area.

"Blacksburg gets a huge boost on home football game weekends," says Julia Whitman, who works at the Comfort Suites University. "Because there's so many people that come in for a whole weekend, not just game day."

It's a boost that reaches even further than Blacksburg. WSLS checked with hotels in Roanoke, many of them say game weekends are just as busy in the Star City.

"People come into town on Friday afternoons and Friday evenings before the games, to check in for the weekend. We have our football regulars and everybody has on their Hokie gear," says Whitman.

As thousands of fans make plans to root on their Hokies weekend after weekend, they're also making a very positive impact on our local economy.

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