Back When the Place Wasn’t Packed

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One of the many things that Virginia Tech is known for, thanks to ESPN, is
its tremendous fan support in football. Hokie fans have turned Lane Stadium into
one of the toughest places to play in the country, and Tech’s record at home,
especially on Thursday nights, speaks for itself. But it hasn’t always been
that way. Virginia Tech used to have to beg people to come to football and
basketball games, and fan support was one of the school’s biggest problems.

Let’s take a look at some of the attendance figures for Virginia Tech
football games during the early days of the Beamer era. Here are the numbers for
1989, Frank Beamer’s third year at Virginia Tech.


1989 Football Attendance

Team

Attendance

Akron

28,371

Clemson

47,152

Temple

32,157

Florida State

41,832

Tulane

26,353

Vanderbilt

23,752

Average

33,270

That’s quite a different number than what the Hokies are drawing today. In
fact, it’s about half. Some of the games listed above are particularly
disappointing.

The Hokies didn’t sell out a

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