People leaving games early

Long time reader, just joined the site for realz. Just wanted to some of the comments on here about people leaving early. Not everyone is physically able to stay for 4 quarters on the aluminum bleachers smashed into seats meant for 5 year old kids. I've been to almost every game since 99'. I personally have several herniated disks and still come to every game and cheer and stand up, sit, standup, sit as long as possible but, when you are getting kneed in the back etc, it's difficult sometimes. It's always a guess as to whether I'm going to be able to walk right the following Monday at work. Doesn't make me less of a fan. Just wanted to let people know that not everyone in the stadium that leaves the game is a worthless fan. I still hit the car and hang out in a comfy seat in the lots and listen on the radio while my more able bodied friends are able to enjoy the game from the hard stadium seats.

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VT army

They do sell seats for $5 right inside the gates and proceeds benefit the VT army department to participate in field training exercises and other military competitions. *just a promo for them for those that don't know.

Yeah, I have those seats. Those don't really help. I'm sure there are some others out there that can relate. Not complaining, just putting it out there.

I had to help put those seats up once, total pain in the ass! Figures they don't do much lol... ohwell, it is cool being in Lane Stadium when its empty.


Had to put them in a couple times. They played the ECU game a couple years over the loud speaker so we had to listen to them lose as we installed the seats. This past year I sat on the west side and got to sit in them and they are better than sitting on the bleachers.

Frustration towards students

I think the majority of the frustration is centered around students, not the alumni.

Students have tended to start leaving earlier and earlier, throwing stupid effing airplanes, not paying attention to the game, thinking its a social gathering not an avenue to cheer the team. I'm never more frustrated than homecoming games with the frats and sororities showing up in the 2nd quarter and leaving at halftime just to cheer their stupid friends on winning a stupid award.

I completely understand fans like you that need to leave early for real reasons. I think Hokie Nation appreciates the support from fans like you more than anyone.


Exactly what he said. Someone like yourself staying for even half of the game means more than most people staying for the entire game. The frustration is solely able bodied students who bounce early because "its cold" or "theyre hungry" or the worst, "i want to watch the Note Dame game on TV" etc.

The only game I've ever left with more than 1 minute on the clock is the 2008 Duke game because that one really was too cold. Still made it to 5 minutes left in the 4th though.

I remember that game, and man, it was brutally cold. Also, if I remember correctly, Tyrod had 4 turnovers before halftime and it was the ugliest game I'd ever seen at that point. My dad was with me and I didn't want to put him through any more misery... only game I left early while I was in school.

I think that's an unfair generalization. Just because you're involved in Greek life doesn't mean you and your friends are stupid. I graduated in 2010 and I can tell you that my brothers and I showed up early, stayed late, and stood and cheered the whole game, for every game, no matter the opponent. That goes for home, road, conference ships, and bowl games. So easy with the anti-greek vitriol, hombre.

I think that many of the students that leave early are freshman that don't get VT Football like the readers of TKP. It could be a generational thing; maybe it's because recently, we always find a way to lose the big game; or maybe it just IS. Who knows? Hopefully, Brian's Letter circulated through enough dorms, off-campus apartments, and Oak Lane and got the fan base fired up for next year. I have confidence that the additions -and maybe more importantly, the subtractions- on Coach Beamer's staff will fire up this fan base and maybe, just maybe, we can fill that empty trophy case.

My comments were directed towards

the greek people that show up late and leave early, not greeks themselves.

I agree with his assessment of the Homecoming game

A large portion of the north endzone was full of students supporting their various greek organizations, not the football game. I noticed them slowly trickling in during the first half, thought it was odd that there were hundreds of students wearing colors other than maroon and orange. And then immediately after halftime they all left, leaving the endzone almost half empty for the second half. Granted, it was Duke, so I could only feel but so embarrassed (since we tend to take at least half of their seats in Durham) but it was appalling to me.

I get that there's tradition involved with announcing the homecoming court at halftime of the football game, but it attracts all the greek students who don't watch football to get tickets that could be going to people who are there to watch the game.

The sorority that won this year all had Duke blue colored shirts on. They could have at least looked to see who we were playing and decided on a different color.

Beamer should advise the stadium staff to lock the exit gates once entersandman starts blairing. No one allowed to leave untill the end of the game unless for emergencies or cases like the original poster mentioned. Muahaha!



if the other team's fans are cold and want to watch the second half from their hotel room. That is acceptable too, I'd be cool with that.

This coming from a guy who has yet to leave Lane before the clock reads 0:00 in the 4th.

you should get a forever comfy. has anyone seen that commercial? the trucker guy's like, "my back feels good and my bottom feels gooood"

or you could just be so fucked up on painkillers and alcohol that you just dont care.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

People leaving the Duke game at halftime really pissed me off because we were losing. I remember feeling embarrassed at the pitiful number of people around me in the north

all maroon everything

If you're not gonna stay and watch the game up until at least the fourth quarter, don't even bother buying tickets. That's the way I look at it. If we're getting our asses handed to us, it's sure not gonna make the players feel any better if they look out and see an empty crowd (although they shouldn't be concerned about the crowd at that point) if everyone is gone mid third quarter or earlier, and if we're murdering someone, I'm sure the younger players would love a pretty decent sized crowd watching them play. They are the future, after all.

And what sickens me is how some people leave in a close game in the fourth quarter just because they think we can't win, notably the 2009 Nebraska game, the 2011 Miami game, and the 2012 Georgia Tech game.

With that being said, I do understand that some fans have to meet commitments and that may require them to leave a game early, but if you're leaving to beat the traffic, that's unacceptable. It looks terrible, recruiting-wise, and you just never know what may happen.

I love Virginia Tech, regardless of the outcome of every game.