2019 Lane Stadium Improvements

Highlights:

  • Timeout clock
  • Upgraded video screens
  • Concession enhancements
  • Beer Garden
  • And a few more things...

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What else would you like to see? I'd like to see Wifi in the stadium, beer served everywhere, banning of paper airplanes, Stick It In, Hokie Pokie between 3rd & 4th qtr and probably a few more things I can't remember.

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Have a prominent location for scores around college football

Anxious to see how this looks because our one, tiny scoreboard in the SW corner of the stadium is archaic.

This...my freshman year (1990) we could follow college football scores above the north end zone. Sounds like not much has changed since then in regards to this, though I remember a scoreboard above the mezzanine level on the new south end zone stand-has that been removed?

UPDATE: it's not prominent at all.

It is not. Very difficult to see any of the text from the South EZ

How much more prominent does it need to be though? They basically just recreated the scrolling scores on HokieVision so that there are now 2 places constantly showing game scores, that is enough for me.

Umm what? From the middle of East stands I would only see the small scroll with ads on the SEZ.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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HokieVision was showing the scores on the bottom right underneath the game stats. I think it was showing different scores than what was on the SEZ board but I could be wrong there.

in an era where there's a growing list of reasons to not attend games in person, personally i think it's pretty important to make a larger space on Hokie Vision board or a larger dedicated board. Neither the South EZ scoreboard, nor this newer "prominent location" (which, for anyone who wasn't at Saturday's game, is an even smaller square that again, only shows one score at a time) cuts the mustard at all. I noticed you mentioned there were two games at a time, I don't remember seeing it that way but I was decently sauced so maybe i'm remembering it incorrectly...but it's increasingly annoying being at a game where it's this difficult to know what's going on elsewhere in college football due to poor cell service, no in-stadium Wifi and shitty score tickers. I know, major first world problems going on here, but if you want to get more and more people to come out to games it's doing the little things well that's going to keep them coming back. That, and of course, winning.

Move the visiting bands back down with their fan base and out of the nosebleeds. This recent incident with the UF director being attacked by Maimi fans is not an isolated incident, and schools relegating visiting bands to the shadow realm away from friendly support is asking for trouble.

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Maimi

I see what you did there

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Nope. Why should the band get prime seats? They are with their fans just behind them all, that is the designated visitors section.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I just told you why...

EDIT: And I guess I'll expand a bit. There are a few things that separate college football from the NFL in my eyes. Talent level and inconsistent play is probably the biggest for me, but right behind it is the fanfare. NFL seems pretty sterile to me - They have cheerleaders and dancers and sometimes even a small band, but for the most part every stadium looks similar and there's not a lot of unique flavor to the atmosphere. College is good at creating an intimate vibe. The pageantry and fanfare just add to the excitement.

The bands are a part of that. If bands aren't treated well and protected adequately they'll stop traveling to games, which I think negatively impacts the atmosphere. The MVs stopped going to Morgantown because of the treatment they received there. I'd like to think that Hokies are classier than your worst Miami or WVU fans, but we all know there are duds in every fan base. Heck even traveling to UVA as an MV, I noticed how much more heat we caught from the occasional Wahoo as we were shoved into the upper decks, and we're talking about a stadium that VT has filled in recent years.

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But it's not true. The bands are with their fans, that is the visitors section. Where they used to be actually is farther away from the visiting fan section.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Not really as recently as a few years ago as many visiting allotment tickets were in the East side of the SEZ and the actual East stands.

The MVs stopped going to Morgantown because of the treatment they received there.

Newsflash, the MV's aren't the only ones. And I hate the fact that VT is even going there....
Don't lump all of college football fans in with Morganhole fans. Or Miami "fans" that traveled to Orlando for a game in the August heat of Florida. Don't paint with broad brushes.

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"Newsflash", my post was pretty damn clear that I don't think all football fans are that way. If you chose to read it that way, you're looking for a disagreement for it's own sake.

And if you don't think there aren't turds in our own back yard, albeit not to Morgantown levels, then this conversation is over before it starts.

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I'm pretty sure the WVU band (along with their fans) was throwing shit at the Tech fans who stormed the field when we beat them back in 2004. That rivalry got legitimately dangerous towards the end of its run.

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I think it's simmered a little bit...I'd love for this to be a thing again, rivalries bring a lot more emotion to the season IMO.

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Having been in the mirror spot for 4 years in the HT's I wouldnt exactly call bottom of the stands in the corner of the South Endzone 'prime seats'

View of the actual field of play is kinda ass, so you are beholden to watching past the players to the Jumbotron for anything not occurring directly in front of you. While the South end of the East stands in the corner is in many ways even worse as you have similar problems but now have to turn 45 degrees to see the jumbotron.

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The incident was in the parking lot as they were marching out to their bus. What does their seating arrangement have to do with anything?

B. The visiting band is in the nosebleed WITH the visitor tickets.

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I agree. I know Clemson and UGa keep the opposing bands almost on the field. We seemed to have copied UVA and stuck them in the upper deck. I think it hurts the game day environment.

I thought the old spot right by the visitor's tunnel used to be great for the visiting band

banning of paper airplanes

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I knew it would cause trouble, but those fuckers hurt when you get hit. I prefer to watch the game instead of watching for flying projectiles.

Ya gotta wear a helmet and pads. Really get into the experience.

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He definitely needs to wear a pad, that's for sure.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Ok that was clever lol.

Nah I know I'm mostly kidding.

And to wasknick's point below, nothing will happen unless they stop using printed paper tickets.

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The only way they are going to ban paper airplanes is by banning paper entirely.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Some jackass at the ODU game was not only throwing paper airplanes but empty plastic bottles, programs, etc.

Have they installed more victories? ....maybe some terror too.

JP

And Corey Moore's eyes. We need those.

Could you imagine Corey Moore's eyes like this in both end zones

opposing players would piss themselves

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

On that note, I told Whit I would pay for/solicit money to replace the 1980's font on the endzone bumpers in Lane. He gave me a curious look.

Speaking of end zones, I will be disappointed if we don't throw it back with the design at least once this year

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And here's the thing... it actually works well with the new font

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Love that. Unique too. Let's do it

There is a motion on the floor. Do I hear a second?

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Seconded and Bearded

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

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Motion has been seconded and bearded. Normally we ask for all in favor, but since the NCAA doesn't give a shit about rules, we don't either now. Motion passes. Alum needs to get Whit on the phone.

Next order of business: Installing a Wild Turkey fountain in Lane.

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Next order of business: Installing a Wild Turkey fountain in Lane.

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Wild F'n Turkey bourbon and Enter Night pilsners should be available at every damn concession stand in the stadium.

I am willing to die on this hill

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If there's a Wild Turkey fountain I'm pretty sure A LOT of people will die on that hill.

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I say we go Full Throwback for 2019---old EZ design (with new universal font) and a Fighting Gobber on the 50.

I'll second that motion (or make it, if you were only throwing out an option)

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

FREE THE "STICK IT IN" CHANT!!!

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I really don't think this looks very good.

I'm not mad at this take

I'm just disappointed in this take

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Absolutely. A major memory from going to VT games as a kid was the unique EndZone design. I think these should return to being Full-time.

I understand branding, ect., but this is sooo much better than the generic "VIRGINIA TECH" that has replaced it.

but that's the thing. It doesn't have to interfere with the brand. As a one-off throwback, it would be just fine. Even better, just use the new font like I show above, and it still works just fine while staying on brand

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And with the 150 year celebration this year, a throw-back should almost expected.

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ThE sCrEeN sAyS vIrGiNiA tEcH, aNd ThE aNnOuNcErS aRe SaYiNg It, BuT i JuSt SaW tHe EnDzOnE pAiNt AnD i'M nOt SuRe It'S rEaLlY vT

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Its gonna be pretty hard to get that wall put back in for one game

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I think the wall is still there, and the band section goes over it.

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That wall is gone. They tore the wall down and leveled the ground to build the bleachers. I've stood outside that fence on a few occasions and you can see clear to the bottom of the bleachers where they meet the field below them.

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I might be wrong, but from this picture during construction, I'd put my money on the wall still being there.

You aren't wrong.

That wall is definitely still there. Kinda creepy under those bleachers in the middle of the night. Even some of the "Worsham Field" letters were still there rotting back in 2014.

Anybody remember when there were trees on the field side of that wall?

Yup. Also remember the original scoreboard in the south EZ.

We put the K in Kwality

Remember when Weaver wouldn't paint the end zones, because the grass would die?

We put the K in Kwality

I think it had more to do with the state of the art drainage system. Not sure if we found a suitable paint or just waited through the warranty period.

The concern of things staying the same is only exceeded by the fear of change

I had always surmised that it was due to the cost of the paint. For a few years after the South End Zone expansion was finished, the grounds crew was only putting the minimum amount of paint on the field. Weaver was tighter than Dick's hatband.

What else would you like to see?

Giant Hot Tub.

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Everybody knows that would turn into a excessively large toilet by the 3rd quarter. So no thanks.

Easy fix...

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Um....just to be clear.....are you asking for the pool, or the young ladies in bikinis?

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Well, one without the other isn't as much fun...

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We should build a life sized paper mache Mark Emmert and throw flaming paper airplanes at it while blaring Don't Tread On Me at the end of the 3rd quarter.

It would cut down on paper airplanes during the game because nobody would want to waste theirs, we get more Metallica, and we would honestly be the Terror Dome again. What could possibly go wrong?

I'd like to see more TD's. I'd also like to see the defense stopping huge plays.

Less pre-recorded music, more MVs and HTs

edit: Also, I was entertained by the "Enter Sandwich"

That is clever. I also thought they could've capitalized on it being Bud's last season and created a fun menu item to honor him.

and

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Eh.

With all due respect to our MVs, I'm very unimpressed by the musical selection of their performances.

While I only get back once in a while now, when I was in school (06-10) just about every halftime was a concerto from 200+ years ago. Completely sucked the life out of the stadium.

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While I disagree with you about halftime shows as well, I was primarily referring to the music in the stands.

Are you saying you enjoy classical music at halftime of a football game? If so, we're just gonna have to agree to disagree because man that was nothing but an excuse to take a nap/hit the bathroom.

But as for live vs. pumped in music - I'm definitely down with covers of current music. VT definitely over corrected early on in Whit's tenure, the music was *way* too loud and I'm not even that old (26 when he was hired).

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Most classical music isn't really what I'd choose for halftime shows, but there are some exceptions. No, i was disagreeing that everything was from 200 years ago. We played covers, movie scores and classical pieces while I was in the band. It wasn't an all-or-nothing proposition since we did a different show each game.

The pumped in music is my gripe as it is usually way too loud and it is the same for every stadium you go to for every team. We have two bands with flip folders full of music. We should use them.

While I only get back once in a while now, when I was in school (06-10) just about every halftime was a concerto from 200+ years ago. Completely sucked the life out of the stadium.

In my 5 years in the MVs (07-12) I don't recall hardly any performances that consisted of concerto's from 200+ years ago, and we pretty much did a new show every game. I get the over exaggeration on that, but still. I will agree that the selection was certainly out dated (see 60's-80's music selection), but some show selections were based on anniversaries/celebrations (ex. Jersey Boys 50 year anniversary) and some were just ease of putting together a show in a week. Also, you have to take into account that most modern "music" doesn't translate well to a marching band consisting of a wide range of instruments. I don't get back as much either, but I've noticed in recent years the band has started to try and play some more modern music in the stands, and cater to the younger crowd. I think you can find a happy balance between the live band performance (MV/HT) and piping in music. If you take the MVs or HTs out of the game, I think it really takes away from the college football experience.

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I swear I'm not making this up: I have vivid memories of the Lane Stadium PA guy announcing something to the effect of "And now for music from (Unintelligible German Name)'s 13th concerto" or something like that for just about every halftime show.

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I'm not saying it didn't happen a couple of times. I'm sure it did. But to say every performance was that is false. I vividly remember playing Queen, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Van Halen's Jump, Bon Jovi, and The Who, among others.

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I was there from 05-10 and don't remember any conciertos but I do remember Jersey Boys and Bon Jovi.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Seconded on this. I was in for the 2010 to 2013 seasons and I don't specifically remember everything we played, but I know we did a Led Zeppelin show one week, Dirty Dancing, The Who, Blues Brothers, etc. Hell I think we even did a Michael Jackson tribute one week.

I would argue that halftime bathroom breaks are what suck the life out of the stadium...without a halftime show, everyone is just staring at an empty field for 20 minutes.

Paper airplane crafting stations

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I know this is a running joke, but I would embrace the chaos. We should have paper airplane contests! Bring out buckets or something, launch and first one in wins!

Of course during timeouts or between quarters.

We put the K in Kwality

Good idea. Just have it somewhere other than the stadium.

When are they going to dump Archie Eversole and finally use the beginning of Mountain Song by Janes Addiction as our Kickoff song?

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

I loved "We-eee Readdd-ay" when I was a freshman in high school for about the first two game warmups, then it got old really fast. Gimme something like Joker and the Thief.

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I have been saying it here and emailing Whit for years, but...

CAN WE PLEASE...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD...

AND EVERYTHING THAT IS HOLY...

SHOW SCORES FROM OTHER GAMES ON THE JUMBOTRON MORE OFTEN?!!!

Whit,

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I feel like we used to

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WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's why it frustrates the hell out of me.

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

Whit listened!

Have a prominent location for scores around college football

But how often will it be shown?

Seeing is believing.

When I emailed him in the past, he mentioned that the video boards on the South Endzone show them. To which, I had to point out that unless he wants fans in the SEZ hanging over the edge of the top deck to see them, it doesn't do that entire part of the stadium any good.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
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its almost unfair using that gif of Allison Brie

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I know. I should have thrown that in an email much sooner.

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

Glow Season 3 is no joke. Her girls are featured prominently in a scene.

Wifi

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Great, another year of no Stick It In chant.

Bring back the halftime show with the acrobatic dog chasing the frisbee for 10 minutes

I'd prefer to see Red Panda on an all-terrain unicycle.

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They actually make those:

We put the K in Kwality

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I DO like the "Heat Plan"-those September games get really hot sometimes! (I wasn't aware they had "filling stations" available if you bring in an empty bottle already)

Heat Plan
With fan safety being of the utmost importance, a heat plan has been established and will be enacted when the heat index is predicted to be 84oF or above, this new heat plan will both better prepare fans for their visit to Lane Stadium while also taking precautionary measures on game day.
When the heat plan is in place it will be announced the day of corresponding home game and will include:
Notification on all digital channels with recommendations on how to avoid heat related illness
Fans will be permitted to bring 1 unopened bottle of water per person
Cool zones will be available in the corners of the stadium featuring fan misters and complimentary cups of ice
Additional water and cool packs will be available at first aid stations

Whether the heat plan is in place or not, it is important to note that the following options are always available:
Water refill stations - Fans are permitted to bring in empty containers to fill with water provided at these stations. Locations include: West Section 18, South Section 105, East Section 7.
First aid stations - Available by West section 20, South section 202, East section 27, and East section 1.
Fans are encouraged to take advantage of shaded areas on the West, East and South concourses as needed

From the 2018 VT-uva game-"This is when LEGENDS are made!"

Will they in enact a heat plan to keep fans warm when the Blacksburg temps drop in October and November?

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That plan has already been in effect for years already.... at least for me

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Ah I see we have a gentleman and a scholar on this thread

After being there for the ODU game...

- The piped in music needs a broader selection. Most of it is new rap music that just sounds like crap. Also, please for the love of god, please take a second or two to increase the volume instead of blasting it to 11 from the get go.
- More water stations. The one I saw had a longer line than the concession stands and it's not very quick at filling.
- They need a general admissions line for the top section of South where students can line up and get in for free if there are still seats available at kick-off. It's pathetic how empty it is.
- Less corny "fluff" for the jumbo-tron. Some of the stuff is pretty funny (I wish Dax had been a little more Bob Ross with his painting), but other times it's just straight up terrible, like when it's two athletes just giggling at each other because they can't name *insert movie/music titles*
- App for electronic tickets for students to get rid of the damn paper tickets. Can't be that hard and everything is scanned anyways so shouldn't be a big deal...right?

They need a general admissions line for the top section of South where students can line up and get in for free if there are still seats available at half-time. It's pathetic how empty it is.

This will pretty much always be the case and the North End Zone will always be over capacity. Unless there is strict enforcement and checking IDs compared to every ticket going into North, that's just how it is. No one really wants to sit in South, which is part of the problem. For me personally, I'd take a nosebleed in East over a good seat in South, but I'm not sure how much of that is just bias. It always felt like South has been kind of a wasteland aside from the Corps in the corner. No offense intended for those that enjoy it or sit there.

I agree 100%. I spent 4 years sitting in the SW corner with the Corps and the jumbotron was the only real way to see anything when the ball was on the North side. My 5th year I got student tickets in East and it was like blinders had been removed and I could now see.

The South just plain sucks, but it sucks in other stadiums as well and people still sit there, so until the team is good enough again (knock on wood) to draw a big enough crowd the athletic department needs to incentivize people to sit there, enforce the seating in North, or come up with a 3rd option.

I mis-typed though and that should have read kickoff.

Yes, in general when people see the empty seats in the top of east and south they think the stadium isn't full. But most of those corner sections is student seating. and for students North is the place to be. They will just print out duplicate tickets. They have 1 to get in and 1 to get into North. The place can be at capacity and look like a couple thousand are missing

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I'm not sure, but it looked to me like that at the ODU game they were checking tickets and then putting wristbands on students to try and differentiate between everyone.

Students are always going to prefer North, but will still sit in East. They will NOT sit in South nosebleeds and continuing to use it for student tickets is a waste of time. Not all the east students can sneak into North but all the south students sneak into east.

I understand they want to sell the more premium seats to alumni but alumni who want a cheap ticket will actually willingly sit up in South if you sell it to them. The students will just find a way around it no matter what though.

They will sit in East, but even then they will move down in East to go sit with friends. I just know in general on TV when you see the empty corners on east and south, those are usually student ticket zones.

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I'm right there with you on the piped in music. It reduces the Marching Virginians role. They used to play fun stuff to entertain the crowd during those breaks in the action.

Yep part of the fun was trying to figure out what song The Marching Virginians were playing!

Leave the piped in music for the professional sports scene.

I'm all for increased MV's presence, but I do think there can be a balance between the two. Picking better piped in songs than these ones that repeat the same word 6,000 times would be a decent start, at least. Besides, we not dem boyz right now anyways.

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Agree, as i think there is a balance- Penn State has the worst piped in music selections. As long as we do not do what they do, and still let the MV's play, I'm for a limited amount.

Agreed on the piped in music. Like you said it's either something bad or something boring and NFL generic like Welcome to the Jungle or Thunderstruck. Definitely need more from the bands.

I would like to have enough cell signal to refresh my twitter feed.

I just want to be able to check scores.

Nah, let's keep the evil out of the stadium, at least.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

More places to get turkey legs. Or at the very least an air-powered turkey leg launcher that the Hokie Bird fires into the stands. Dangerous? Yes. Delicious? Doubly yes

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Did the turkey tent actually catch on fire during the ODU game. I saw a tweet about it but then forgot about it till right now.

(add if applicable) /s

The turkey hut? Yes.

There are hills I choose to walk by, and there are hills I choose to die upon.

The MV's playing of Scatman at least once per game is the most Georgia Tech-esque dork shit we do and it needs to stop. This is the hill I choose to die on this day and forever.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

That's the go-to song for when plays are being reviewed. There's a new band director now. She might change things up if she knows people are tired of Scatman.

I would venture to say most people are tired of scat, man.

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

They should play the Jeopardy theme when plays are being reviewed.

What about simply winning at home? I'd like to see them make that improvement. I think our road record the last few years is better than our home record.

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I think we can do that by installing pneumatic lifts around the field that we can trigger to trip the opposing players during the game. VT engineers, get on it!

I do like the timeout clock...I'll miss boo-ing the "red guy" during longer commercial primetime games, but nice to know how quickly I need to run to the bathroom.

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My roommates and I would constantly yell "Get off the field, red man!" and found it hilarious every time.

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I'll miss boo-ing the "red guy"

How classless! Don't you know this is a family environment? Might as well have thrown a beer at the guys head with behavior like that πŸ™ƒ

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Funny story, last year (can't remember the game) but some guys the row below us had snuck in about 10-12 beers and started cracking em during the game. It was funny, they were drunk but not belligerent, just having a good time, but someone didn't find it humorous. Along comes the cops and the aisle monitor dude and they stopped at the end of the row and said "let's go fellas." The guy at the end of their group says "what?! Why??" Aisle guy "seriously?" Beer dude looks down, sees the beer in his hand, "ohhh...right." Nudges his buddies and they all leave laughing with everyone else around lol

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"red guy"?

I think you mean "the man in the red hat". Always had a children's storybook villain feel to him

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The paper airplanes are starting to get on my nerves mainly because most people don't even put any effort into it, then act surprised when it hits the person 2 rows in front of them in the head.

How about if you successfully get one on the field, you get a free shirt or something. But if you fail and get caught, you get kicked out or something. Bring some risk vs. reward into the equation. The quantity of paper airplanes will decrease, but the quality might increase.

In all seriousness, I would like to see an improvement aimed at keeping students from leaving early. Give some kind of incentives for the people that leave early. I guess the main problem is that at least half of the student section doesn't really care, but maybe they could do something to encourage staying the whole game.

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I tossed something out there a few years ago that potentially lumped a few issues together. During the third quarter, have the band play the Hokey Pokey. And have the students throw paper airplanes at that time, and that time only....if one lands either on the logo at the 50 or in the tuba (have the band by the student section) then there's a $1,000-$10,000 scholly or something. Think the basketball things they do where you have to make a lay-up/foul shot/3-pointer/half court to win. Maybe it keeps airplanes from random times and it keeps students in the stands past halftime. eradicating both of those things is darn near impossible....so this was an olive branch solution.

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I admittedly have not been to a home game in a looong time, but when in the hell did this paper airplane crap start? Is there a legitimate reason for any throwing of anything by the fans? Or is this more like the student section's cure for boredom?

When the team is more fun to watch there will be a corresponding drop in paper airplane prevalence

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Bullshit. The paper airplanes happen at every game big or small good or bad.

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If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

HF, I have been wondering this for a while now...if a paper airplane was on fire, would you put it out?

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No, and I hope it burns the hands of the thrower.

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That's some red hot hatred.

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

I gave a standing ovation to the trooper sergeant who read the riot act to a group throwing them Saturday. She wasn't taking their shit neither, asked the one if he wanted to find out what it would be like listening to the game from inside a Sheriffs van.

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I believe around 8ish years ago Tech cheaped out and started to email tickets to print at home for students as opposed to students going to Cassell to pick up lottery tickets.

I think the paper airplanes started about 5ish years ago cuz one random plane, during one random game; flew all the way to mid field, and then everyone thought it was funny and wanted to try, and it just became a thing...

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Uhhh they cheaper out somewhere around 2006 or 2007. And the planes have been happening ever since.

And it's obnoxious, and slightly dangerous.

I still believe the most dangerous thing of Lane Stadium was at the top of the East Stands when we would toss 95 pound girls into the air when we were running up scores into the 50s and 60s....

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First I remembered it happening was in 2009 when we played UNC at night. The team was playing like shit and to distract ourselves from the awful game we students in the East stands starting folding our paper tickets and started trying to get them on the field or hit the UNC players. I've seen it every year since then.