The gift that is 2020 keeps on giving as Virginia Tech announced on Tuesday tailgating would be prohibited at football games this fall.
Tailgating will be prohibited for all fall sports, including football, volleyball, soccer and cross country.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands released the following statement, per Virginia Tech Daily:
Football weekends and tailgate gatherings are cherished traditions for Virginia Tech and our community. I appreciate the input and support of athletic director Whit Babcock and community leaders as we came to this difficult conclusion. Though it is disappointing for all of us as we look forward to fall football, protecting public health remains our primary goal, and the foundation of the decisions we make.
While this is certainly unfortunate, it is understandable.
Blacksburg mayor Leslie Hager-Smith also offered the following comments:
It’s so important for the town and the university to work together on this because we both want to protect our communities. Game days are special to our community, too, and we look forward to the time when we can come together again and enjoy Hokie football together. However, the pandemic requires us to make different, difficult decisions to preserve public health.
Fans will certainly be disappointed in this — and rightfully so — but it is the right decision. If we are going to have football, everything must be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Tailgating and college football is one of the best traditions in America. Not seeing tailgates, attending them or smelling the incredible food as you walk into Lane Stadium is unfortunate, there is one positive.
We should have a season this fall.
For now, let’s enjoy that the best way we can and hope to return to normal in 2021.