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Virginia Tech’s sellout streak on the line?

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Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium has been host to 93 consecutive sellout crowds, but that streak could be coming to an end this weekend when the Hokies host Western Carolina.

“I think the sellout streak will end against Western Carolina,” Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Monday on Tech Talk Live, according to The Washington Post. A program failing to live up to the national prominence it recently experienced paired with a home opener against one of the bottom feeders even from the FCS ranks surely combines for a tough sell by Virginia Tech standards.

The last time Lane Stadium was not sold out for a game was November 21, 1998, when Virginia Tech hosted Rutgers in a Big East match-up. Since then the Hokies have gone 139-47, counting last week’s loss in Atlanta to top-ranked Alabama.

Just to give you an idea of how long ago this was,  the last time Virginia Tech failed to sell out a home game Bill Clinton was in The White House, a postage stamp cost $.32. The Sony PlayStation 2 was two years away from being released. Many Americans were accessing the internet using America Online 4.0. The debut album for Britney Spears was still two months away from being released. This particular writer was two years away from graduating from high school, spending free time trying to defeat Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or thinking how great the brand new Bowl Championship Series was going to be.

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9 Responses to “Virginia Tech’s sellout streak on the line?”
  1. Kevin McGuire says: Sep 4, 2013 9:56 PM

    It looks as though I may have Mark May’d myself. Ocarina of Time was released in Japan on November 21, 1998, the same day of the last non-sellout at Virginia Tech. OoT was released in North America two days later, and I can assure you I was not in Japan playing the game. But, you get the idea. I got stuck before the sellout streak began, so we’ll go with that.

  2. drummerhoff says: Sep 4, 2013 10:02 PM

    I call BS on how Va Tech “counts”. Everyone knows Va Tech doesn’t travel well. Remember this famous photo:

    http://www.statefansnation.com/index.php/archives/2008/12/03/good-seats-are-still-available-to-the-acc-title-game/

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 4, 2013 10:04 PM

    @drummerhoff

    What does road travel have to do with a home sell out streak?

    Lane Stadium has been a nightmare for most teams, one of the roughest crowds in college football.

  4. westof1club says: Sep 4, 2013 10:36 PM

    Many down trends, this being one of them, signal the need for change in Blacksburg. Start with the relic head coach and his perpetually confused demeanor on camera, and finish with properly using the recruits that come to VT, not trying to change TEs into virtually every position on offense and defense.

  5. drummerhoff says: Sep 4, 2013 10:46 PM

    YouMad,

    1. Fans going to games, whether its home or away has everything to do with it. Schools that sell out their home stadium always travel well. It’s the schools that fudge their numbers by counting all student section seating regardless of actual attendence are the same schools that also return tickets to away games.

    2. The idea that lane stadium is a tough place to play was only true when Micheal Vick played there. Since then, Blacksburg is nothing special and the W/L record of ranked opponents paying at lane stafium bares that out. It’s a great big lie … Just like ‘Beamer-ball’ doesn’t create special teams big plays like it once did.

  6. evolutionprime says: Sep 4, 2013 11:55 PM

    Nebraska laughs at your sellout streak.

  7. tg1896 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:55 AM

    Kevin, let’s forget about VT. I want to know whether or not you have pre-ordered your PS4 bundle and which game you’re going to start on?

    Dude…… Ocarina of Time was awesome.

  8. charles130 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:56 AM

    What next, Drummerhoff? Is Frank Beamer a member of Al Qaeda?

    Reports indicate they are only about 1,000 seats from selling out. If its been a lie all this time why not continue to lie?

  9. tg1896 says: Sep 5, 2013 7:53 AM

    Everyone should feel free to ignore drummerhoff – he is obviously a fan of NC State (motto – “we hate your team more than we like ours”).

    p.s. Moo

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