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Virginia Tech football: Lane Stadium will be 100% capacity this fall

This is fantastic news.

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The news we’ve all been waiting for came down on Monday when Virginia Tech announced Lane Stadium would have 100% capacity this fall for the 2021 college football season.


Yes, we’ve expected it for some time, but there was still a sense of dread until it was official.

That means Virginia Tech’s season-opener against North Carolina on Friday, Sept. 3, will feature a full crowd for the first time in almost two years. Blacksburg would be rocking regardless of the opponent, but you add in hated rival UNC, and a Friday night game, it is going to be fun.

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock had the following to say about the return to full capacity:

We are excited to welcome Hokie Nation back home this season. There is no place else in college football like Lane Stadium when ‘Enter Sandman’ starts playing and the whole place starts jumping. I know how much our coaches and players missed having that home-field advantage last season, and I also realize how anxious our fans are to see the Hokies play in person in 2021. We can’t wait to see everyone on September 3. Sincere thanks to our fans for their patience and unwavering support throughout this process, as well as a special thank you to our coaches, student-athletes, and staff who persevered through the challenges of the past year.

Virginia Tech will still operate in conjunction with the state of Virginia’s health guidelines regarding COVID-19.