BLACKSBURG, Va – On Saturday night, the Virginia Tech Hokies will take the field for their first game of the season at Lane Stadium. Health restrictions in place make this year’s home opener one like no other.
Any other year, Hokie fans would tell you can’t have football without tailgating, Enter Sandman and a stadium full of cheering students.
But this is a football season Lane Stadium will stay mostly quiet.
“College football and game day and tailgating is such a deep valued tradition here at Virginia Tech we always look forward to the fall to be able to do that we’ve been doing it for decades, but this is an unusual year,” Virginia Tech Spokesperson Mark Owczarski said.
Because of COVID-19, there will be several health precautions and restrictions when the Hokies take the field against NC State.
Only a limited amount of fans will actually be allowed in the stadium.
If you were thinking about tailgating, you may want to think again. Anyone who gathers in the parking lot outside the stadium will be asked to leave.
“We will enforce all that of course but we really don’t expect that to be an issue because so many of our fans care about our community, care about our heath, care about each other,” Owczarski said.