April 16, 2009

Favorite Stadium Entrances - Virginia Tech "Enter Sandman"

I am truly not sure if there is a more exciting way to enter a stadium before a football game than what Virginia Tech does at
Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. The Hokies take "PUMPED UP" to a new level for both the players and fans creating an electric storm of anticipation fueled by Metallica's Enter Sandman "Exit light Enter night". These three videos provide you with different perspectives from coming down the tunnel to being in the stands!

The emotion begins with fans yelling "Let's Go....Hokies" while the band lines up outside the dimly lit tunnel leading to the field! Suddenly, the familiar bass line starts, fans erupt in a chorus of cheers and immediately the entire stadium starts jumping up and down. Soon cheerleaders grab large flags spelling out the word "H-O-K-I-E-S" and carry them on to the field waiving them as they go. The music gets louder and with a smashing crescendo the players burst out onto the field carrying an American and Virgina State flag. Fireworks erupt and the band takes over playing the school fight song!

Lane Stadium has undergone numerous renovations since it first opened in 1965 with a game between Tech and William & Mary on Oct. 2. The stadium's original capacity was 40,000, an addition to the east side stands in 1980 raised the capacity to 52,500. Over a two-year span in 1999 and 2000, 5,100 seats were installed in the north end zone and prior to the 2002 season, Tech added 11,120 seats in the south end zone to enclose that part of the stadium.

Lane Stadium has always been a difficult place for opponents to play and has been dubbed one of the best game-day environments in college football. Heading into the 2009 season, Tech has a 44-7-1 record versus non-conference teams at home since 1991, winning 30 straight. Virginia Tech has posted a 180-66-6 overall record in its 44-plus seasons at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. Tech is 106-29-1 at home under the direction of Frank Beamer.

Tech football teams are 340-97-13 in Blacksburg, including a 36-5 record since the start of the 2003 season. A large part of that impressive record is the home-field environment created by the fans as Lane Stadium has been sold out for 68 consecutive games, starting with the final home game of the 1998 season against Virginia.

"Enter Sandman" is a song by American thrash metal band Metallica, featured as the opening track and lead single from their eponymous 1991 album Metallica. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with nightmares.


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