VT Athletics Fan Focus Group

I figured starting a new thread (Joe approved) would be appropriate since I was able to weed my way through the application process, get a call back, and was ultimately deemed lucky enough to be selected.

The first meeting is this Saturday, 8/19. While I do not know the specific direction of the first meeting, I could only assume that a large portion of this meeting would likely be focused around the fan experience within and around Lane Stadium at Worsham Field (read as, once you arrive ON CAMPUS), considering kick off is rapidly approaching.

With that in mind, I come to you TKP.

If you so chose, submit a comment containing some or all of the following with the number listed for easier organization/tabulation:

1. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do like and why.
2. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do not like and why.
3. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that could use some tweaking/adjustments or a new idea that you feel could help improve the overall Hokie Fan experience.
or
4. Submit the above surrounding any other of the fall sports on campus and your experience(s) at that particular sport/on campus venue.

Please try to keep your response as concise and to the point as possible.

I will do my best to sort through the comments and pull out what appears to be the most popular of each of the 4 to arm myself and represent a voice from you, the TKP community.

I will also do my best to keep you informed as to some of the topics of discussion and information after the meetings, but we have also been informed that we will be privy to some upcoming and unreleased information that we have been strictly warned not to share publicly.

Thank you!!!!!

and

GO HOKIES!

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My 2 cents:

#1: The Hokie Kids Club is awesome. My kids are in their 2nd year and between the free swag they get (shirt, bag, bday card from the Hokie Bird, etc) and the experiences (free tickets to a game (last year it was BC this year its DE), 15 minute early entry to fan day) it has been a homerun in my house. Also, Hokie Village was great for my kids as they had a place to walk around and be entertained (and eat) before we got into the stadium. I'm not sure if those were Whit things or not but they are both great for the next generation of Hokie fans.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Thank you - just joined for my 1.5 year old

3. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that could use some tweaking/adjustments or a new idea that you feel could help improve the overall Hokie Fan experience.
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Bringing back Stick It In.

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Moar

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

you're saying you like playing ECU?

1. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do like and why.
2. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do not like and why.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

you're saying you like playing ECU?

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"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

3. We need to go back to the cheerleaders leading the entire stadium in "Let's Go Hokies" cheers more often during media timeouts. It keeps the crowd loud and engaged in the game. We used to do it much more frequently, but have done it less and less the past few years. Bring it back. And...obligatory, Bring back "Stick It In."

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

3. Along the same lines, I'd love to see the whole stadium doing "old hokie." We used to get entire sections doing it, but it would be great to have the words on the jumbotron for those who don't know it.

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The South Gate entrance is not set up well. I went for the UVA game last year and only one gate was open for thousands of fans to enter. Many of us missed Enter Sandman because it was so bottlenecked with only one person scanning tickets. That wasn't the only game where that was the case, either. I believe it could have been made easier if there were more than one gate open in the south, especially since that's where many season-ticket holders park and are most likely to enter the stadium.

I'm with you on this one and this was already something I had in mind to discuss. My wife and I typically enter through this gate as well and you definitely have to watch the pre-game clock to ensure you are able to get into Lane in time.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

THIS!! Last year they people scanning tickets complained the scanners were old technology and we were supposed to be getting new ones If true do we now have them? If not, I can't imagine what it will be like trying to get into the Clemson game...may have to leave the tailgate an hour before kickoff to make it in.

I got selected too this year (was told roughly 300 people applied). Really looking forward to participating. I can help as well to reiterate any comments/feedback from TKP community.

3. Shooting flames on top of the two West Stands towers. Or just having a large wide constant flame going. Make the Terrordome great again.

Set up a stage in on top of the stadium between the flames and get Metallica finally!

-Semper Primus

Make sure we adequately arm our coalition of the willing to keep those visiting GaTech bastrds from stealing the letter "T" from Lane and any property on campus!!!

Let's Go

HOKIES

I still say that they should booby-trap the T. Or temporarily put in a fake T armed with dye packs like banks use for bank robberies.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Just have Benkert out there hiding in the bushes. When they pull up to steal it then BAM!

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Kind of like this?

Let's Go

HOKIES

1)As someone who doesn't have a group to tailgate with I'd like to see more food options outside Lane.
2) Stick it in
3) End paper tickets for students, GD paper airplanes

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Would be smart to have the VT owned food trucks near Lane on game day and perhaps allow Blacksburg vendors to set up stalls.

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This is an excellent idea! While my old crowd really has stepped up the tailgating as the years have gone by, at first, a bag of chips and some bean dip was about the highlight of it all. I remember the "Lamest Tailgate contest" that a local eatery ran, maybe Macadoo's? We would've won that contest hands down back in the early years. With the popularity of food trucks, this is an idea whose time has come.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

They have food trucks inside Hokie Village before the game. Maybe there is an opportunity to have them setup elsewhere but I believe Hokie Village is meant to be a "one-stop-shop" for those that aren't tailgating in a nearby parking lot.

Yes, must put a stop to the paper airplanes. I had season tickets last year and those damn things drove me crazy. I personally destroyed many. I didn't renew my season tickets this year(honestly, for unrelated issues, but it helps get my frustrations across).

I'll be sure to never step foot on your lawn

You always got a home with us, buddy.

That's where my parking pass is for. Y'all going to need food or anything for non Clemson game?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I doubt it, we always have more than we want to take home.

Well you better bring it for Delaware game then. It's my first lot 18 full time event.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

We will be there in force and I am staying at the Inn, so its happening.

Staying at the inn

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Hahaha just means it's walking distance. Bro is head of the San Diego Alum association and that's the weekend they are doing their thing. Easy to and fro.

Edit: The Inn really is just another overpriced hotel. Nothing special about it.

Does anyone who attended games in the mid-90's remember that when every time Tech scored, the plastic drink cups and pizza box tops were thrown?

I remember that from the late 80's along with making the cup chains with the plastic cups.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Sounds like every game in the student section I was at. '97 was my freshman year.

In the late 70's- early 80's we threw rolls of toilet paper after touchdowns. Made really long streamers down the stands.

I think I may be old because I have seen all of the above. Remember when the scoreboard was on the other side and there where green high school type bleachers and the kids played football between the bleachers and scoreboard. Would play with the mini footballs the cheerleaders threw at halftime.

I still have some of those plastic footballs that they used to throw out. Wow - completely forgot about that from my childhood until you mentioned this.

My parents never let me go play. They always said they'd paid for me to watch a football game.

On #3, I feel like there's got to be a way to do electronic tickets you can scan on your phone as an alternative to paper for people with smart phones.

The overall challenge with #3 is that your solution (electronic tickets) does not solve the problem. The 'paper' ticket that students use today is a ticket they print on a sheet of 8.5x11 paper. There are other paper sources available for those people that really want to make a paper airplane (Program, fan guide - I've seen them torn apart and used for paper airplanes page by page). Yes, eliminating student printed large format tickets is a good idea to decrease the number of paper airplanes (your goal) as long as you realize this change alone will not get you to the desired result. It may just return you to the time before student printed tickets when paper airplane ammunition was limited. You could just as easily solve this using a smaller format issued ticket for students, similar to a season ticket.

Run to Win. Pass To Score

take away the paper tickets and only the hoodlums will have paper. I'm just sayin'.

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"
- ThatOneGuy

"Hurricanes are uncontrollable and the models predict continued chaos"
- Eshiben5 (probably)

1. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do like and why.

I love that Fuente started having the players sing the Alma Mater after games.

EDIT: Its Tech Triumph, my bad.

2. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do not like and why.

Getting into the stadium takes entirely too long, especially in the two gates that flank North end zone. Need better organization of lines, express lines for people without bags, better trained staff that doesn't take forever to scan tickets etc.

3. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that could use some tweaking/adjustments or a new idea that you feel could help improve the overall Hokie Fan experience.

If I remember correctly the team started advertising it but I'd like some more hype around the team's walk to the stadium. I think it can become a pretty cool tradition/be amplified to be a bigger deal and will be a good hype up moment for players and fans.

4. Submit the above surrounding any other of the fall sports on campus and your experience(s) at that particular sport/on campus venue.

After a certain point at basketball games, students should be let in for free. For every game. We need to pack Cassell.

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Does he make them do the Alma Mater, too? I just thought it was Tech Triumph (which is not the Alma Mater)

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That is probably my mistake.

Still cool that he does it!

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After a certain point at basketball games, students should be let in for free. For every game. We need to pack Cassell.

This. 100% this. Please stress this at the meetings.

Speaking of Men's basketball games I'm kinda low-key banned from them

Hello all you boys and girls I'd like to take you to the inside world It's quite an irregular place to be But never fear you're safe with me. Well maybe

go on....

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

This is like the start of an Adam Jacobi twitter story

I'm going to go ahead and say it's not as epic as y'all want it to be

Hello all you boys and girls I'd like to take you to the inside world It's quite an irregular place to be But never fear you're safe with me. Well maybe

We still need details

Do y'all really?

Hello all you boys and girls I'd like to take you to the inside world It's quite an irregular place to be But never fear you're safe with me. Well maybe

So you're gonna tell us you're banned from games, and then not tell us why. That's harsh man, even if it isn't an epic reason...

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

I'm too cold blooded

Hello all you boys and girls I'd like to take you to the inside world It's quite an irregular place to be But never fear you're safe with me. Well maybe

If I remember correctly the team started advertising it but I'd like some more hype around the team's walk to the stadium. I think it can become a pretty cool tradition/be amplified to be a bigger deal and will be a good hype up moment for players and fans.

Seems like last year they made this more of a thing that I personally enjoyed. If I remember correctly:
- The Outsiders by Eric Church Plays before they exit the locker room
- God's Gonna Cut You Down by Cash plays as they walk towards the tunnel
- Cheerleaders start up Let's Go Hokies
- Enter Sandman
- People lose their shit when they run on the field.

It was definitely more than previous years and made the entire experience from the locker room to the field something you wanted to be sure to see from inside the stadium.

I love that they added God's Gonna Cut You Down to the walk. I am not sure if they should do much more than that and the video of them walking. It is simple and brings back the feeling of the Terror Dome. Especially for a night game.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

I was in a band that performed that song in the late '70s into the early '80s when we played in the Charlottesville area. We did it a capella, and our singer absolutely killed it every time he did it. Crowd favorite, band favorite...good tune. Run and hide, slip and slide!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Quick question(s) in regards to your #4...

1. How long into the game would you deem fair to label as "at some point"?

2. Other than better seats in the student section, what is stopping a large number of students from waiting until that 'certain point' just to get in for free. Now this likely wouldn't be an issue for the bigger games, ie Duke, UNC, etc., but when Alabama State comes knocking, why show up early when you can wait until the first media TO in and get in for free?

3. This is for my own knowledge, is the student section GA? If so, that entire 'endzone' would need to be sectioned off as student seating only and another area (in the same section) partitioned for 'free/late entry'. I get there may be seats around the entire bowl that would be unfilled, but you can't just stick students into random open seats, unless you know for a fact that ticket hasn't been sold, and even then now you're potentially alienating the person who did actually pay for that seat next to them.

I think it's a great idea, I'm just thinking at it from the VT ticketing perspective in order to get a student's POV response.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

2. A particular experience presented by Lane Stadium/surrounding(s) that you do not like and why.

too many children at the games!

/s
*ducks*

I'd like to have an option to buy tickets for my kids (all under 10) for a non-premium game at a non-premium price. I can go through Stubhub now, but would prefer to support the university as long as the money was close.

Example: I'm taking all five of us to the ODU game this year. I'll probably spend $20-30 each on the extra 3, but would be nice if I could just do it via my season ticket account.

Join the Hokie Kids Club. $25 per kid and you get a free ticket to a game (ODU Delaware this year)

http://www.hokiesports.com/hokiekidsclub/

edit: I typed the wrong team. I had ODU on my brain cause of the previous post.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Link says free ticket is for the Delaware game on 9/9

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#JustinTime

1 Would be awesome to have the Beamer Barn open after games for people to walk around and for kids to throw a football. Show them what their money goes towards.

2 More commercial chants and traditions (I love the tv scream the Nashville Preds do).

3 Painting the 32 yard line markers around the field a different color as a small memorial

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

Painting the 32 yard line markers around the field a different color as a small memorial

THIS^^^!!!

Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

Painting the 32 yard line markers around the field a different color as a small memorial

While I highly doubt this is allowed by NCAA rules, I like the idea.

If those potato-eating jackasses can paint their entire field blue, we should be able to paint a damn hash black.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

While I don't disagree, the point stands that the NCAA rulebook specifies allowable field surface colors and requires white paint be used for all lines and hash marks. Could we petition the NCAA for an exception? Sure, but more likely they'll have to/want to change the rules. So for those wanting to ask this of Whit, realize it's a bigger thing to ask for and Whit can't just make it happen, even if he wants to.

So we paint the hash white and outline it in black.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Or some sort of symbol centered on the hash and toward the sideline.

Just my $.02 and I might get downvoted for this but I think we should shy away from the 32 yd line memorial. We already have a memorial at VT and no Hokie will ever forget that number. I'd rather not have the broadcasters bring this up during every single broadcast from Lane.

I agree. It's one of those things where you don't want it to be something the announcers bring up every game, but it would cool if there was a subtle marking there, so we all know what it is, but it's not the focus of every game.

Probably not a whit thing...

...Hey, field painting guy, can we get the 32 yard lines to be either off white or 'whiter', like, I dunno, hit them with an extra layer or two of paint so it's different, but not DIFFERENT?

I've been drinking.

they can paint extra logos on the field. I mean, didn't they do something special for beamer with the numbers? They would have no problem putting something at the 32 yard line if it was decided that it was a priority.

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My response was kind of tongue in cheek. I could go either way, I was just agreeing that it could become unwanted to have the announcers make a point of the memorial and bring it up during every game. What I would like to see is some kind of permanent patch or helmet sticker of the logo they used in the season right afterwards, that Tyrod models so well for us here:

I always thought that logo was classy and somewhat understated, and my ski team jacket with that on the shoulder is just about worn out and ratty enough that it needs to be taken out of the rotation and framed somehow.

I've been drinking.

    2. Experience you don't like:
  • I'd like to see an alternative to the student paper tickets.
  • I'm also not a huge Hoki Poki fan don't ban me please I'm sorry. Hate to ditch it entirely. Maybe do it at some point before the game?

"What a game we have here in Blacksburg folks. After 3 quarters with Clemson, we're all tied up. You can really feel the emotion and intensity of this crowd."

you put your right foot in... you take your right foot out...

    3. New Idea/Tweaking:
  • Definitely more food options outside of the stadium for those of us not in tailgate groups.
  • Also agree that more emphasis (marketing) should be put on the Hokie Walk. Offering more food options could help get more people there early enough for the walk.
    4. Other sports:
  • I'd like to see a "Lets Go... Hokies" chant before Enter Sandman at the basketball games. Maybe just ACC even.
  • On the same note, I also wouldn't be entirely against playing Enter Sandman only for ACC games (for basketball). In the student section for those small non-conference games, once Enter Sandman gets going, a lot of people look at each-other like "Do we jump for this one? I feel like I have to." And not that non-conference games are less important. I'm on the fence about this, but would understand if a change was made.
  • Wishful thinking but I'd like to move the visiting section at the basketball games to anywhere else. Even for packed games, there's either some empty seats behind the bench or visiting colors. Would look 100x better on TV if this was filled with Tech fans, preferably students (again, wishful thinking).
  • The end of Hokie Hot Seat (it may be over with already). I love Laaser and am not blaming him, but I am usually under my seat when those are on. Works well with some players, others not so much.
  • A foam pit on the other side of the railing in the student section

That said, I like mostly everything. I did not mean to type this much.

Definitely more food options outside of the stadium for those of us not in tailgate groups.
Also agree that more emphasis (marketing) should be put on the Hokie Walk. Offering more food options could help get more people there early enough for the walk.

Why not combine these two? They could even set up a roped off area along Beamer Way featuring local food trucks and local brews. It could be a fun little hang out spot for a drink or 2 during the walk. Maybe even get some TVs to show other games around the country?

We really don't need more attractions (distractions?) jamming up Beamer Way before games, it's already crowded enough as it is.

Agree with the Hokie Pokie... plus it tends to be a shit show in North End Zone when everyone's been drinking for 5+ hours

Edit: #bringbackstickitin

I'm also not a huge Hoki Poki fan don't ban me please I'm sorry. Hate to ditch it entirely. Maybe do it at some point before the game?

I don't see what's wrong with it. If it's not the Hokie Pokie between quarters, they're just going to replace it with some generic promo for Stop-In Food Stores or something ("It's time for... the 99 CENT FOUNTAIN DRINK SHUFFLE!!!"). Might as well be something fun and interesting for the kids.

Love the kids zone
Need more ticket readers to keep the lines shorter
Would LOVE to see highlights of other games on the big screen during timeouts. Also scoreboard of other games more often.
Of course the recurring cell reception issue-I'm almost 60 but I still like to use my phone during game delays but it is useless

In Fuente we trust

Yeah, heaven forbid we have to go 3 hours without being able to use the telephone. The humanity!!!!!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Plenty of reasons to use your phone during a game:

Find people you want to sit with
Check scores of other relevant games
Make plans for after the game

There's a *ton* of downtime during football games: time between plays and commercial breaks, challenges etc.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

The plays themselves only take up about 20 minutes total. About 40 minutes are spent with the opposing offense lined up for a snap, so you should be facing the field screaming your head off. For a 3.5 hour game, that leaves about 150 minutes for bourbon, turkey legs, and phone usage.

No worries, mate. It's just me. I'm expected to denigrate the current phone obsession, it's my calling in my dotage. Downtime at a game for me is used interacting with those sitting around me, taking a leak, grabbing some food, mixing a Wild Turkey and Coke, you know, old school. Y'all just ignore me, I promise not to get upset about it.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Oh trust me, I understand. While you sound like an exception, most people (myself included) are way too addicted to our smartphones...but that's not gonna change.

Having quality wifi used to be a nice to have and is now more of an expectation.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

You can't realistically expect good quality Wi-Fi for 65,632 people in such close proximity, though. A few of the problems I can think of:

- Routers would be located on the other side of concrete from where people sit, unless they can figure out a solution where they are mounted somewhere on the top side of the stadium
- The band that WiFi signal occupies is a bit crowded. You'd need to invest some time and money to design and build a system that doesn't create interference on itself
- The sheer amount of equipment needed is insane. The 49ers installed 1,200 access points throughout Levi's Stadium to provide WiFi for their 68,500 seats, plus 70 miles of wiring. All told, I've been seeing estimates from $2-5 million for installation costs, plus the added cost of electricity on game day. Where is that money going to come from? That is on the same order of magnitude as the total value of all of our football scholarships for a year, and we seem to be having trouble just bringing in donations to cover those. And even if you charged $5/game (which sounds high to me) for access to the WiFi network, and 20,000 people (almost a third of everyone in the crowd) took advantage of that offer, it would still take 4-8 years to pay for the installation costs alone, not to mention the ongoing costs for electricity and system maintenance.
- Bandwidth could also be an issue. Tech has adequate internet connectivity for the campus with 30,000 students plus however much faculty and staff (though not all of them are on campus at the same time), but I'd imagine it would take some effort to open that entire bandwidth (or even the sizeable chunk that's needed) to Lane Stadium.

Your discussion above is on target. I know that VT has worked with the wireless carriers and there are already several DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) around Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to provide a boost in capacity for those coverage areas. But that still won't address the user concentration that occurs on game days. On game day in that area if we all simply text during the game rather than making calls, sending pics/videos, and accessing the web, then the average user bandwidth usage drops and there will be better service for more users to support coordinating for post game activities, etc. That doesn't help us all checking scores (unless we ask someone outside the sectors serving these areas by text) or mapping post game drive routes that require real time map downloads, but it would still help.

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Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

There's actually decent Verizon coverage on the concourse, at least the upper east side concourse. In my seats, signal is terrible, on the concourse, solid 3-4 bars and while a bit slow, data works.

1. As a musician, it amuses me to no end how out of time we get with our clapping. It makes me happy.
2. Never, ever mic the Marching Virginians. The delay is maddening. This was done recently.
2. A few years ago, the music was getting a little ridiculous. And it still is, to some extent. Its played at a level that is too loud for the speakers. So, they pop and crack. Just turn it down a notch. And stop getting so damn hung up on a song. A few years back it was that god awful Black Eyed Peas song. Every fucking game.
2. Paper air planes.
3. t shirt launchers.
3. bring back stick it in.

I 100% agree about the music part. Play some more variety for goodness sake Lane needs more Metallica or AIC or Soundgarden. I can name a hundred more bands but I'm going to just list those 3

Hello all you boys and girls I'd like to take you to the inside world It's quite an irregular place to be But never fear you're safe with me. Well maybe

3. Remove the sound from the video that plays during enter sandman. It sounds horrible when played together.

Paint a thick white sideline boundary instead of just having the out of bounds line.

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@HaydenDubya

Remove the sound from the video that plays during enter sandman. It sounds horrible when played together.

Totally forgot about how much I disliked that high pitched electronic noise thing. I remember hearing people ask if the audio was messed up. It doesn't really translate well to stadium speakers.

The sound is at the 10ish second mark.

Well then it has been decided. "Stick it In" will return to its former glory.

Where is Lawson?!

Great start and really appreciate the feedback so far.

Is there any comments/feedback on in-stadium, away from your seat experiences? Such as concessions (lines, food/drink options, visibility and frequency of stands, etc), bathrooms, souvenir stands, etc. Is there anything about the concourses that are good, bad, or could use some adjustments? Focus on your experiences from the 2016 season.

Some of the items mentioned have already been implemented over the prior 2 focus groups and can be found here...

2015: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/twenty4you/

2016: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20160826aaa.html

(apologies, unable to embed on work comp)

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#JustinTime

Oh, you reminded me.

Not that this is uncommon, and there's only so much you can do with 60K drunk people using them but the bathrooms are gross and need updating.

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I'd be happy if they moved the mirror that looks directly down the urinal trough. More than once I've seen a kid just staring at it.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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The TKP virtual turkey leg redemption kiosk is a nightmare to find. I have a mountain of them waiting for me to eat, Guitarman has the entire Appalachians. Create an app where i simply redeem in-app and my real smoked turkey leg is delivered to my seat.

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Yeesh, between VTGM and myself, I think we'd put turkeys on the endangered species list

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Surprised it hasn't been said yet, but....

We Need More Horse on a Treadmill!

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Open the damn tunnel from south main to 460. I know the two merging lanes aren't the easiest things for some people to navigate, but going through Christiansburg is idiotic.

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If traveling down South Main away from Blacksburg after the game, the ramps to get on 460 Bypass (both the "tunnel" and the right turn that leads to ramps to 460 East and West as well as Research Center Drive) are blocked with cones, forcing you to drive through the Spradlin Farms area of Christiansburg before you can finally get on the bypass just past Sheetz.

However, we've generally just flipped a 180 at the hospital and gotten on the bypass that way. Not sure if they've caught onto that one yet. In any case, it doesn't really make sense and is a huge pain for anyone that parks closer to downtown.

Shh don't tell them my shortcut.

I remember the very first time I decided to take that shortcut like it was yesterday:
Me: I feel like if I just do a quick U-turn here I can get on the highway and skip Christiansburg. What do you think.
Wife: They had it blocked off back there, don't do it.
Me: I'm a do it.
Then we both sang "The husband is always right song" all the way home <--This part might be slightly more fictional than the rest

44 years of marriage, and I can tell you, I've heard that song before. At least twice.

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Sorry, I fixed it, now they'll never find out.

That's a State PD/Blacksburg/Christiansburg PD's decision with input from VDOT. Not sure how much pull the AD has with that.

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that's a "oh shit, some of these businesses will only exist if we force people to drive by them after football games" decision.

That kind of thinking almost kept the bypass from being built at all and it certainly killed the smart road to 81 connector...

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1. Kids Club.

2(a). The Hokie Pokie between the 3rd and 4th quarters. Please move this to halftime and do something else that doesn't suck the energy out of the stadium right before the 4th quarter. If it's not as cool as "Jump Around" at Camp Randall, keep trying.
2(b). Speaking of the band, and meaning no offense to any band members (my sister was a MV), but the whole band routine is pretty stale. I know, they're not on scholarship, so I'm not expecting TBDBITL, but with the financial resources we have we should at least be able to give Ohio U a run for their money.
2(c). Turn the music down just a bit, so the speakers can actually handle it. Also, less techno and more metal.

3(a). Sell beer inside the stadium.
3(b). For the love of all things holy, please improve the stadium ingress/egress situation.
3(c). E-tickets.
3(d). Consider having a fan hype video contest where some or all of the entries are shown on the jumbotron. I know, there are licensing issues, but you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
3(e). Sell beer inside the stadium.

Also, big-time props to AhChuckit for offering to do this. Thanks!

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2b - I assume you mean Ohio State, in which case my response is that they probably spend far and away more resources on their band than we do. There's no way we're gonna have as good of a product as they do.

2c - The generation that is currently in college appreciates electronica more than metal, and on average it provides a more energetic sound than metal. Probably not gonna happen.

3b - Having been to a number of major sporting events with similar-sized or smaller crowds, I must say that we are actually a little spoiled with the layout in Blacksburg. Plenty of exits from the stadium so that you aren't packed in like sardines for 15 minutes just trying to reach the parking lots, and once you get to your car you get moving pretty quick. I went to the USA soccer game at UConn's stadium in July, and even though there were fewer than 30k people there it took almost 30 minutes of standing in a mob before we got into the stadium, and we were sitting with the car in park in the parking lot for 50 minutes after the game before they opened the rear exit of the lot. It wasn't quite as bad as Bristol, but it was also only 20% of the people as Bristol.

I strongly disagree with 2c

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I'm not saying that nobody likes metal. I greatly prefer metal to what they typically play in stadiums these days. However, the fact is that metal, as a genre, is nowhere near as popular as it once was, especially among the younger generations.

Metal will always have its niche honestly. The problem is pretty much everything heavier than classics like Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc. is radio unfriendly as all get out, so its hard to gauge popularity.

Except for Korpiklanni, everyone loves Korpiklanni.

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One could also argue that anything heavier than Metallica or Iron Maiden would come out of Lane's speakers as a garbled mess.

And radio play is a much smaller component in the Billboard charts, they also include purchase and streaming data.

I was using radio (un)friendly to describe the overall popular appeal of the music, not necessarily the frequency that it actually gets played on the radio.

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I had no idea how much I needed a Finnish Folk-Metal band that has both a fiddle and an accordion player in my life. Thanks for this.

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everyone loves Korpiklanni.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

They can bring back 90s rock. Everybody loves 90s rock

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Metal is definitely niche and definitely had its peak in the 90s. Doesn't mean its bad, its just not popular with the kids anymore.

That being said, went to a RedHotChiliPeppers concert earlier this year and Baby Metal opened for them. That was one of the most bizarrely awesome acts I've seen in a very long time.

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I'm meh at best on BabyMetal, but their existence means we get backstage pictures like this, and that's awesome.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I had no idea what it was before they came out.

Then the band started playing, and I was all "oh, ok its that kinda show"

And then the girls came out, and I just laughed for the next 15 minutes at the show on the stage.

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I remember my first concert it was Shinedown Chevelle and Staind in Roanoke back in 2009 when I was in the 5th grade

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Ohio University gives band/music scholarships also.

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Thats what you get when you have a director thats been there for decades. Just like the football team. The HT's recently had a new director come in a year after I graduated and the shift in culture and atmosphere was palpable coming back to visit. Dave McKee has done wonders for them but nobody should stay forever.

As for moving the Hokie Pokie I would take a hard pass on Halftime, especially as there have been rumblings on trimming it by 25% to the NFL length to try to shorten games without you know say cutting commercials or adjusting clock stoppages.

2(b). Speaking of the band, and meaning no offense to any band members (my sister was a MV), but the whole band routine is pretty stale. I know, they're not on scholarship, so I'm not expecting TBDBITL, but with the financial resources we have we should at least be able to give Ohio U a run for their money.

Yeah...no. we practiced an hour and a half every evening to get to where we are, and to be honest any more and I'd want some sort of compensation for it. My GPA sure would have.

Perhaps the middle ground could be only doing one or two halftime shows during the whole year (they're different every game).

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As a former MV, I can agree that I wish the MVs were a little bit better. But at the same time, it takes practice to get better and as already noted above, they're putting in about as much time as primarily non-music majors can afford already. That being said, they have yet another new assistant director (they've been churning through them recently) and I hope that injects some fresh perspective into the band.

Throughout our travels to other campuses and opponent band visits to Lane, I think I'd say the MVs are about average in the ACC, with FSU and Clemson being an obvious class above but several others being pretty sad.

I will say this, I understand the tradition and significance of the HT's doing pregame, but the atmosphere prior to kickoff would be much more hype if the MVs did their pregame show (commonly only seen for night games) before every game.

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Is there any reason given that Tech can't start a music program with a few music scholarships to make the band better?

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$ probably. We're talking about an organization that until very recently only claimed a singular tower as their own, and borrowed time and space from other programs on campus. It took a lot of work from Dave McKee and the MV Alumni Association and many others to get their new facility built up on Chicken Hill.

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It all comes down to money, but would a music degree program fit in at Tech and it's academic goals?

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Oh, sorry I thought you meant specifically for the MVs. Yeah VT has a music program and there are many MVs that are in it. I don't know their scholarship situation but nobody gets a scholarship to march.

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So why isn't MV merged into the music program? That's what places like anOSU kind of do. Music scholarships and they march in their band. They also give out band only scholarships funded by athletic department but Tech can't afford that.

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Probably because there isn't enough interest in a "music-major only" band, and even if there was that would be excluding 95% of the student population, meaning that we'd have 2 bands but both would only be available to a small selection of students.

No just a small core of scholarship band members who also happen to be in music program. Thus using academic money in music program to help fund a better band.

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This is where I was going with my point, but I didn't clearly say that. My mistake.

For example, would it make sense to perhaps reduce the size of the MVs and award partial scholarships? 150 band members @ $2500/yr is "only" $375k, for example. That's less than half a percent of the current athletic department budget. Or, if reducing the size of the band is a bad idea, maybe only give money to those who have participated for a certain amount of time, etc.

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Definitely can't reduce the numbers, as someone said above it sounds awful when they're mic'd and reducing the numbers is gonna make mics a necessity.

As for the other idea, I'd be out of my depth if I tried to contribute to the conversation there.

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Something I'd really like that is only obvious if you're a grad student (but there are 7,000 of us here) is the opportunity to opt OUT of North Endzone. It was amazing when I was 20, but as a 27-year-old married man it's really obnoxious to be surrounded by undergrads. I will still buy those sweet, sweet discounted tickets, but it would be awesome to put us in a dedicated grad student section or just let us opt out of the north endzone.

EDIT: Yes, we sneak into South. It would just be a lot more fun to have a section (say, in East) reserved for grad students.

You can't just walk over to South student section?

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This, it's like what undergrads try to do, but in reverse.

No one checks tickets in the upper SEZ anyway, just go wherever someone else isn't.

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I mean, that's what we do. It would just be nice to have actual tickets somewhere I'd like to sit.

Can't you just go to the top of the SEZ? I always just assumed those were students sneaking into the NEZ seats.

This is going to be long and I'm on my iPad so bear with me.

The Hokie Club and VT athletics need to issue calendars by state to Alums and Hokie Club members. It will list every Hokie Team playing in a state for that period of time. This is multifold reason. It allows Alums and Hokie Club members to see Tech events in person. It also lets people know events will be in their area thus maybe drawing more people to the Hokie Club and donating because they will see a benefit to joining.

For example very few people knew the woman's ACC Golf tournament was moved to SC this year.

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great idea. They should also account for easy driving radiuses not just states. For instance, if you live outside Charlotte, you might be willing to drive to USC for a game or an event even though not in your "state"

Otherwise, they should treat the entire of New England as its own state because what they call states are smaller than counties in Montana...

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Is VT participating in any athletics events in Montana in the near future? They might still need to list a few nearby states for the 3 HC members that live there.

They need to issue out calendars with all the athletic events on them to everyone in the HC, period. I feel like they did this a few years ago when I first joined the HC or was that only because I had just joined. Anyone know?

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I already have the list for my state:

Hokies in Colorado

I've been drinking.

How about some outside speakers around the stadium so that we don't have to do everything with the hokie vision scoreboard?

meh, thinking about it - you would probably have delays that would make it sound worse than it does now.

New idea: better speakers for the hokie vision scoreboard!

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