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VaTech's 15-year streak on the ropes

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07:23 AM ET 09.05 | Time is running out this week Blacksburg, where the local faithful have but a few days to fill the stadium. For the second straight year, Virginia Tech was forced to open up football season ticket sales to the general public earlier this offseason. But it appears those efforts won't be enough to preserve Virginia Tech's 15-year streak of sellouts when its home schedule kicks off Saturday against a Football Championship Subdivision foe. "I think the sellout streak will end against Western Carolina," Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Monday night on "Tech Talk Live," the athletic department's weekly radio show. Virginia Tech has sold out 93 straight games at Lane Stadium, a streak that began on Nov. 28, 1998, in a 36-32 loss to Virginia.

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Logan Thomas, Icon Sports Logan Thomas, Icon Sports
September 5, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI
Sol-a-rex, Sol-a-rah
Poly Tech Vir-gin-ia
Ray rah VPI
Team! Team! Team!

September 5, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Just win and the sellouts will return.

September 5, 2013  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Just win and the sellouts will return.

Just not for noon games in early Sept.

The Swamp was brutal last Sat.

September 5, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just not for noon games in early Sept. The Swamp was brutal last Sat.

Good point.

It was 106 degrees last Sat afternoon in Texas. Why suffer when you can watch in air-conditioned comfort?

September 5, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just not for noon games in early Sept.

The Swamp was brutal last Sat.

Bet it was - and why does it always seem like you have to sit by a fat sweaty guy instead of a honey wearing next-to-nothing?

When I was in school, spending 3-4 hours postgame in the Orange and Brew killing pitchers made the heat of the afternoon games worthwhile. Is the O and B still there, at Reitz Union?

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September 5, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

... why does it always seem like you have to sit by a fat sweaty guy instead of a honey wearing next-to-nothing?...

... and, how can you tell the difference between the two at Bryant-Denny?

September 5, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

... and, how can you tell the difference between the two at Bryant-Denny?

Oh, wait, the one with the most hair on it's back is probably the honey.

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September 5, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Wow, Doc is BRUTAL this morning!


JK gonna get youuuuuuuuu

September 5, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Wow, Doc is BRUTAL this morning! JK gonna get youuuuuuuuu

Props to my set-up man.

September 5, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Props to my set-up man.

hehehe

No problem, sir. Carry on.

September 5, 2013  11:01 AM ET

Say Hey to da pimp

September 5, 2013  11:10 AM ET

You ain't sitting next to A.J.'s girl if you're talking like that!!!!!!!

September 5, 2013  11:16 AM ET

Entertainment dollars are at a premium. Why pay top dollar to watch a massacre, when you can do other things (camping, fishing, beach, Washington DC, ect.) for the weekend.

September 5, 2013  11:27 AM ET

15 years? Huskers have been on a consecutive sellout streak since 1962...does that speak to our fan base or lack of entertainment options?

September 5, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Entertainment dollars are at a premium. Why pay top dollar to watch a massacre, when you can do other things (camping, fishing, beach, Washington DC, ect.) for the weekend.

Like the first 3.....but Washington DC, I'd rather watch Tech.

September 5, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

15 years? Huskers have been on a consecutive sellout streak since 1962...does that speak to our fan base or lack of entertainment options?

.......or there jus ain't nothing else to do in Husker land.

:>)

September 5, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

.......or there jus ain't nothing else to do in Husker land.:>)

I think it just means 92,000 people just put off their hunting, camping fishing until Sunday....

 
September 5, 2013  01:55 PM ET

The stadium holds a little over 66,000. It's not like it's The Big House or Neyland Stadium or such.

It's also possible that a lot of folks from central Virginia who might have gone there are going to the NAPCAR race in Richmond instead. That's something that's gone from being a guaranteed sellout for the two races to tarped seats and still no sellout (and some rumors that TPTB might take away one of the races because of "attendence issues.")

Then again, I've known coaches to lose their jobs because the seats start turning up empty (or worse, get bought by the visiting team's fans). Of course, that's often because they're losing lots of games first, and Tech isn't there yet (despite last season and the start of this one).

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