Virginia Tech's Enter Sandman Entrance Against Clemson

Lane Stadium registered on the seismograph, again.

[Mark Umansky]

In the face of a 17-31 loss to Clemson, Virginia Tech's Enter Sandman entrance still produces chills.


Ok, so we got a 126 decibel measurement.

Anybody else thinking what I'm thinking?


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HEY Jordan was a meteorology major! REPRESENT, but actually that was an amazing entrance

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Meanwhile at Scott Stadium

"And now UVA wants to talk about it..."

The crowd was decent, theres too many songs now that tell the crowd what to do just like in all other stadiums around the country instead of just letting Lane stadium be Lane stadium. That first minute and a half of that video should let the crowd do its own thing. Enter Sandman used to be the only song played, now its a song every break. We don't need a early 2000's shitty rap song to get loud to. Save that for Scott stadium. There were actually VT representatives on the sideline holding signs up saying to sit down at one point in the game. The fans are more concerned with making and throwing paper airplanes than the game. It was a never ending rain of paper airplanes, I guess they wont be happy until somebodys eye gets put out. Playing enter sandman at the beginning of the 4th quarter is lame. Whoever is in charge of that kind of thing has gone too far. The fans are what made Lane stadium what it was. The Terror Dome is not back, is not close to being back and I don't know if it ever will. Yes it wasn't the best performance from the team, but this is a total different home field crowd than in the Terror Dome days.

Things will never be what they once were. Facts of life man. It's a moving target. I think we're doing pretty good to dig ourselves out of a half decade or more of mediocrity. We've gotta have something push us over the hump. Unfortunately a lot of that pushing comes from 17 year old kids. That and donor money. Tough paradox there. We're all chickens and eggs. GO HOKIES!!

I guess they wont be happy until somebodys eye gets put out.

I know you were trying to be serious but I lost it at this.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Haha I mean it is annoying, those things have a loonng ways to go down and pick up speed. Its kids and old folks in the crowd. If you throw an airplane in there u ought to get beat with a stick. That's the last thing that should be on your mind in that stadium, throwing a damn paper airplane.

Throwing a paper airplane?

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I haven't been to a Tech game at Lane in a while, but I never knew there was an issue with paper airplanes. Dang, you there to watch football and have fun, or participate in a science project? Bill Nye must be manning Lane's upper deck. I've never seen it at NFL games, but I guess that's more of a low-brow science crowd.

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There were actually VT representatives on the sideline holding signs up saying to sit down at one point in the game.

I believe that was just for the card stunt at the end of the first quarter

those guys were trying soooo hard, and it got exponentially more hilarious as those 8 seconds (I think) of game time stretched to what felt like about 10 minutes real time

Sorry about your cheerios man

Yes to all of this. The stadium very much has been commercialized. I see glimpses of the band trying to the chop stomp kick off bit only to be drowned out by the the PA system.

I think some of our students have become 'soft' - as well as some of the fans. I get it, we were losing in the 4th, but there was an overhead shot of Lane Stadium early in the 4th quarter and you would have thought that we were looking at Scott Stadium - specifically directed at the student section.

When I sat in the student section at VT, I specifically remember other students calling out peers for leaving the game early. YOU NEVER LEAVE THE GAME EARLY!

On the topic of Enter Sandman - play it once at the beginning, and then MAYBE once at the end of a critical game when we need to get people "to absolutely lose their minds." (Think 2012 Miami - that time it was appropriate, but playing it to just play it, naw man!)

I was actually reflecting on this in somber quietness of Lane in the 4th quarter and the best hypothesis I could come up with was male/female student ratio. I was a student for the 2003 and 2005 Miami games and Saturday night was pretty awesome, but agree that it wasn't as loud as it was then (plus the fact that the team didn't give us a whole lot to keep the volume up). Back then I'm sure the male/female ratio was 65/35 and now it's 57/43. Not saying that all the girls aren't contributing, but I'm pretty sure more of them are there to have a good time versus screaming their head off like we used to.

I have a feeling that the guys on campus are more than willing to trade a few decibels for 6 Saturdays a year for a few thousand more girls on campus and I can't blame them.

*sigh* It had been a while since I pulled out my obligatory sexism gif

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Thanks Frank!

Awwww does the truth hurt?

I very much feel the opposite. I was going to write a new post about this, but I comment here will suffice...

The in game experience against Clemson last weekend was a million times better than it was 3+ years ago, when I was a student. I thought the stuff during the time outs was great. The card shuffle was fun, stanky leg was fun, zombie nation after the Stroman Punt Return (or was it after the 3 & out?) was great. I have no qualms with the 'Let's go Hokies' chant at the end of the 3rd. I thought it was the perfect balance of using the video board/sound system, without being obnoxious.

I encourage anyone who thinks we overuse our sound system to go to a game at Notre Dame. Their stadium is shit, doesn't have a video board and they rarely play any music. It's cold and boring. I don't want that for my Hokies.

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At the game last year, you could see the mounts for the video board on the adjacent building had been installed. It was just behind our seats.

They have grass growing on the roofs of the buildings? And is that a giant spider walking around the concourse there?

Grass or moss growing gets you LEED credits and also reduces potential stormwater impacts.

Those actually appear to be sedums. Working on projects with green roofs like this is what I do for a living.

I definitely would expect it to be sedums and not grass as it does not look like those roofs are purposed for people. It could also be stormwater management planters as well.

Yes... I went last year with my brother who is a huge ND fan. We came close to being thrown out because we were standing. Who sits during a football game? In fact, they sat during the game and stood at half-time. I was confused.

When ND comes to BB, he will finally get to experience what a real football game is like. ;-)

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You should have sat with us under the board, we stood for most of the game. I think it was also to help stave off the frostbite...

Totally agree with sandman part, first time I was at a game where the played sandman after entrance my heart sank a little. Feels contrived. And don't get my started in mid-late 2000s where they went play in a rip from the song all through the he game. That makes it not cool, just forced. Let it be cool. I'm okay with random other songs during the game though

You realize the "Please sit down" signs were for the card stunt held between the 1st and 2nd quarters right? And while there is some rap music played there are also plenty of other genres from classic rock to country to EDM as well. And I have no problem with music playing during TV timeouts... it's a timeout, who cares?

If this game was 126 decibels, the Miami game in 2011 had to be 136 decibels which would be the loudest college stadium ever recorded and third loudest stadium ever. I remember not being able to hear myself screaming.

We wont win the race until a trophy is in the case!

Yep, I agree. And 2003 Miami would have been more than that. This wasn't close to being one of Lane's loudest.

Darn kids

I wish they'd just definitively decide to play it through to at least when the lyrics start. Felt like they cut it off too soon for this one

I have no official sources, but I have heard that the reason why they cut off Enter Sandman so quickly is because the band director demands that they be able to play as part of the entrance. My source told me the athletics department would LOVE to play more of the song, but they have to let the band(s) play.

Actually, considering I was in the MVs in 1994 and 1995, the team has run out to Tech Triumph playing at least that long, and Tech Triumph has followed Enter Sandman since we began doing it in, what, 2000?

Also, one point of contention: there are two directors, not just one. Dave McKee for the Marching Virginians, Senior Chief Jim Bean for the Highty-Tighties.

2000 was my first year and we were definitely playing it, I had assumed it had been going for several years but could be wrong

oh the BAND'S ready, well we've gotta do what the band says...

(I kid, but this immediately came to mind)

“I like the donuts.” -Bud Foster

I don't think that's how the athletics dept/band director relationship works.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

Yeah...especially since the HTs do the majority of the pregame shows. I can't see them demanding anything.

maybe the band could play... Enter Sandman..

while the players enter. Then when the entire team is on the field, switch to Tech Triumph.

Would just need to outfit a couple of members with electric guitars

When did they start adding "exit light enter the hokies"? I find that kinda lame...

Yes kinda lame

Definitely felt like Clemson took it as an invitation.

I don't know if it was the recording or not but that was a bit underwhelming tbh...

Ohio State 2015 sounded louder.

I was at both. This one was louder.

We put the K in Kwality

Fair enough, good to hear.

Agreed. I was at both in the exact same seat. This one was both louder and had more VT fans in the stadium.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I now agree with the person that said our entrance could be louder if people got off their phones. I was jumping to enter sandman and literally every other person around me was filming with their phones instead of participating. I've been guilty of it before but I've learned about that YouTube thing and watch it later.

It looked pretty good on TV, but maybe they need to make a public service announcement before the game to put your cell phones away. Nobody wants to see your homemade iphone video of other people making iphone videos.

EDIT: Even as I say that, the clip in this post captured some aspects you didn't get on TV. Still, I prefer people living and being in the moment instead of trying to capture the moment, which is an obsession of today's culture.

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Were those some 'cruits getting hyped at the end of the video?!

They absolutely loved it. We made a huge impression with the nation's top talents

Keep calm, Gobble on

I'm nitpicking, but I'm not a fan of John Laaser at the end. As overhyped as he can get after a TD, it sounds so ...boring. I liked it better last year when they used Rece Davis and Chris Fowler.

(not a fan of the other weird sound effects from last year, though)


I don't know, this year's looks pretty good to me.

I'm at home jumping with my coffee right now, wishing there was a game on.

Hokietapes on youtube can you help you out there.

The only part I am talking about is Laaser at the very end. It just sounds sterile to me.

Like I said, I'm nitpicking.

I get what you're saying. That voiceover is unnecessary.

The amount of lawns that need to be gotten off of in this thread is impressive.

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Here's the television broadcast:

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ESPN definitely captured the energy, they had some great shots of the boiling cauldron that is the Terror Dome when 66k people are jumping up and down. Great tunnel shots as always. However...they didn't capture the noise at all. Very underwhelming in that department, it was L O U D for the chant and for Sandman as well. Cmon man...

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

Why did they cut to the visiting locker room right as the Hokies were starting to run out, though?

I'd say they did the entrance justice.

(But you're right, I don't know why they briefly cut to Clemson's locker room.)

Ok, I think I got it:
No paper airplanes, no sitting or leaving early, play the WHOLE enter sandman and tell the band to stfu, and no other songs can be played at any other time, and less chicks.

Sounds fun.

(Just joking, no offense intended...)

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At this point in my life sleeping in until 6:30, catching up on paperwork, yard work, running kids to their social events- trying to stay involved, and studying for recertification.

It's a blast!


We just had a nationally televized night game, with gameday and two teams ranked in the top 12 at home to a sold out crowd. Some of these being the first for a long time.

Can we please enjoy this and save the stadium complaints (songs, standing, leaving early, airplanes, etc_) for a future loss against a crappy team? Or can we all just not have nice things.

a future loss against a crappy team

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I loved the entrance watching on TV and this view. I just noticed the cheerleaders leave the tunnel with the flags in the wrong order: O, K, I, H, E, S. Hope they got that straightened out right away.

So I love Sandman and I love our passion, but sadly until we start winning these types of games, that's all we will be known for. I think it's because I am getting old, but I really don't care about the entrance anymore, I want the W. I think we have the pieces in the coaching staff to eventually get there.


I kinda feel the opposite as I get older. The tradition and the "cool stuff" factor is really awesome, to me. Winning is secondary to my enjoyment, as I've experienced good years and bad years. Maybe it's the effect of raising kids and reinforcing that winning isn't everything.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

The environment contributes to the success.

Would you rather play in Lane or one of those venues where people seem more interested in checking the scores for the other games? The entrance and crowd are a thermometer for the program overall. From home, it looked great.

VT is 4-1, after having lost to the reigning national champions. This is a huge improvement over a few years ago, when VT was playing UVa for bowl eligibility.

I agree with you that the program has the pieces in place, but fan support is one of those pieces. It makes the corporate gods want to support you and put you on Gameday.

We need fan support in the monetary type of support. We have the fanatic part down.


Why don't we do a bake sale?

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

Those people jumping in the stands are buying game tickets, VT swag, and at least some of them are donating to the Hokie Club.

So it's bound to affect the bottom line at some point.

If you're a recruit, would you rather play in this environment or somewhere else?

It looked pretty great on tv. I do wish they wouldnt play it at any point in the game unless we're talking last 2 minutes of the game and we're up 2 and need the defense to come up with a stop type of scenarios. I also wish we didnt use it for basketball. I feel like basketball should be starting it's own traditions.

Lastly, I think we need to start a "This. Is. Home." chant before sandman. We can do that Lets go Hokies right before the second half but I think a chant to match our recruiting motto would be pretty dope for recruits to hear when they are visiting.

"This is home" might work better going into the 4th.

Only when we're winning.

"This. Is. Home."

Not chanting that. Sorry.

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I like that idea

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Damn it, I just want to know if any Journey songs were played and if everyone sang along! /s

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Actually this was the one week where Livin' on a Prayer was appropriate. I don't think they even played that one.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Yeah this would have been a better song to do than Sandman. It fell flat and wasn't a good choice. They did this during the LOLUVA game last fall and it was great! Even though LOLUVA was is beyond prayers...

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

Not even Sandstorm!

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Had an Ohio State fan ask me yesterday "Is the coolest thing you guys do really jump to a Metallica song?" Living in Toledo has made me absolutely despise Michigan and Ohio State. Michigan isn't even opening their tailgate lots until noon on Saturday, and people are ok with that! If that happened in Blacksburg we would be rioting.

Rip his freaking head off!

The coolest thing Ohio State ever did was lose to an unranked team in front of their biggest home crowd ever.

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

The OSU marching band is LOADS cooler than their football team. The fact that their best/coolest tradition doesn't involve fans at all is pretty silly.

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That's what they keep saying "College football should involve the band". No offense to any MV members, but I don't go to Lane because I want to watch the band.

Rip his freaking head off!

I dunno... every fan that's not at the stadium seems to enjoy yelling OH...IO

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

In the stadium, It seemed like we used some canned video of the team walking across the practice field for God's going to cut you down instead of the live shot's we've seen in the past. Are we not doing that same build up live? It just seemed like we missed an opportunity to really get the crowd howling. It was definitely loud, but some little execution things seemed off - Cheer team not having flags organized, timing seemingly off on when team was going to come out of the tunnel etc. Maybe with all the hype and hope we've been talking about here it's started to make me pay attention to some of these details in the stadium but that didn't seem like the loudest/best Sandman we've done. Almost like their were some nerves/jitters from the production crew.

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As long as we're not showing our guys riding around on a stupid bus, I'm happy.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Speaking of the loudest entrance deal...if that was 126 decibels, then I've been in that stadium when it was over 150 (s/). Loud? Yes. Top 5 ever in college football? Didn't expect that. That first series for Clemson was absolutely deafening from my seat...126+ for that, I could definitely buy.

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I knew we were bound to lose when the stadium entrance reminded me of the Ohio State game a few years back. I think when the media gets involved in the grand Enter Sandman entrance, it drags out and our team must lose focus on the task at hand. Hell, when I saw Beamer leading the team to the stadium for that OSU game, it seemed like it took so damn long that I thought Frank made a wrong turn, and all I could think of was the movie Spinal Tap, when the band got lost backstage before a concert in their waning days. It was not a good sign of things to come.

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Relevant from today.

Also, from yesterday.

Fowler loves himself some VT and that is a very good thing

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