Virginia Tech Athletics Communications emailed out an FAQ designed to let fans know everything they need to know about Saturday’s Spring Football Game.
First, here’s a handy “5 Things to Know” graphic, but be sure to scroll beyond the graphic for tons of great information.
When do gates open?
Gates 1 through 7 will open at 12:30 p.m. (Gate 8 is closed)
What time is kickoff?
Do I need a ticket to attend the spring game?
No, the game is free with no tickets required.
What is the format and scoring system for Saturday’s game?
Saturday’s game will consist of a controlled offense vs. defense scrimmage with some limited special teams situations. Due to insufficient depth to field two separate squads and a number of players being held out for precautionary reasons, Coach Fuente will dress the defense in Maroon (home) and the offense in Orange (visitor).
Rules and protocol
- Game will consist of four, 12-minute quarters (running clock) and a 10-minute halftime
- Quarterbacks will be in gold uniforms with no contact
- No rush on field goals and PATs
- In punting situations, only the punter, snapper and return man will be on the field
- Ball will be placed where the return man fields the ball
- No kickoffs, ball will be placed on the 35-yard line following scores
Scoring (Defense can only score one way per drive)
- Offense Touchdown = 6 points Field Goal = 3 points Extra Point = 1 point
- Defense Turnover = 7 points 3 & Out = 3 points Defensive Stop = 1 point
Will the game be televised or broadcast on radio?
Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop will call the action on the Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network with exclusive in-game sideline interviews with coaches and notable returning Tech alums by Andrew Allegretta. The official broadcast and postgame wrap-up will also be available on SiriusXM College Nation (Channel 84). Fans in-stadium can listen on 105.3 FM. The broadcast will also be available on the Hokies Xtra App and via TuneIn.
The game will not be televised, but HokieVision will provide full highlights and postgame coverage. Live in-game Tweets will be provided by @VT_Football.
Where can I sit?
Seating is available on the West Side, South End Zone (lower and upper), and the lower section of the East Side.
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the lots surrounding the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis.
Is RV parking available?
RV parking is on a first-come first-served basis. The back section of Lot 3 has 18 spaces, once these are filled, RVs will be directed to the cage lot or “B” lot (Prices Fork). RV parking will be available after 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The airport RV lot is also open at no charge.
What accommodations have been made for ADA?
Lot 3 has been reserved for ADA parking. We will also have courtesy shuttles to transport patrons from the lot to the stadium. ADA seating is available on the East Side and Upper South End Zone.
Are the suites open?
Yes. However, you need to contact Carly Northup by Friday, April 22.
Are the clubs open?
The clubs are not open for patrons during the spring game.
Will the ticket office be open if I want to purchase 2016 season tickets?
Yes, the ticket office will open at 11:30 a.m.
Will concessions be available?
Yes, concession stands will open at 12:30 p.m.
Will there be Hokie merchandise to purchase?
Yes, the University Bookstore will have their stadium stores open.
When does Hokie Village open?
The Hokie Village opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m.
Does Beamer Way close at any time?
Yes, Beamer Way will close at 11:00 a.m. and will remain closed until after the game.
Is tailgating permitted?
Yes, it’s encouraged!
Will there be a food drive again this year?
This year’s canned food drive is sponsored by “Spiritual Roots Food Bank” which is a Feeding America Southwest Virginia Agent that distributes food to people in need in Montgomery, Floyd, Giles, Craig County, Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Radford. The collection will begin at 12:00 p.m. (volunteers will be at the collection bins by 11:30) and will go until kickoff. The collection bins outside of Gates 1-6 will be collection non-perishable goods. Thank you for your support of this cause.
When will there be an autograph session for fans on the field this year?
Fan Appreciation Day has been set for Sunday, Aug. 14. Fans will be able meet the team on the field at Lane Stadium and get autographs at that time.
Fans are welcome to take selfies and photos on the field following the conclusion of Saturday’s Spring Game after team clears the field and a PA announcement is made. In order to allow our student-athletes to see their families immediately following the game, there will not be an autograph following the spring game.