BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Following experiences about inappropriate scholar conduct at Virginia Tech dwelling soccer video games, college officers introduced numerous new insurance policies — together with a restrict on scholar attendance — that may go into impact for upcoming video games at Lane Stadium.
Based on a press release launched by the college on Thursday, Oct. 14, solely scholar season ticket holders and a restricted variety of scholar lottery winners will likely be allowed to go to the house sport on Saturday, Oct. 16 and all future dwelling video games.
As well as, the Virginia Tech Police Division urges each scholar who attends these soccer video games at Lane Stadium to take private duty for a secure and constructive fan expertise that displays the most effective of the Blacksburg neighborhood.
The division additionally shared the next actions that will likely be taken at dwelling soccer video games transferring ahead:
- Regulation enforcement officers and safety personnel will likely be deployed in Lane Stadium.
- New steering will likely be enforced for scholar gate entry.
- Violators of the coed code of conduct will face important penalties and are topic to a ban from Virginia Tech athletic amenities
You’ll be able to learn the full statement released by Virginia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 14 under:
Pricey Virginia Tech college students,
Fall means soccer in Blacksburg. Nothing matches the joy of being in Lane Stadium to leap and cheer collectively in assist of our Hokies. This distinctive, thrilling expertise doesn’t occur by itself. We rely on our unbelievable stadium employees and public security personnel to maneuver tens of 1000’s of individuals safely and effectively out and in of Lane Stadium and take nice care of us whereas we’re there so we will benefit from the sport. This solely works after we exhibit persistence, mutual respect for these round us, and full cooperation with steering and protocols.
It troubles us to put in writing this message due to the excessive regard we maintain for our college students and the enjoyment, curiosity, and excellence with which you embrace your schooling each day. During the last a number of weeks, we now have heard too many tales of egocentric, inappropriate, and embarrassing scholar conduct at dwelling soccer video games. What we now have heard falls in need of Virginia Tech requirements – and most significantly, creates an unsafe surroundings for all who attend.
This week, we’re asking that each scholar attending this Saturday’s dwelling sport (and all future video games) take private duty for a secure and constructive fan expertise that displays the most effective of our neighborhood.
So, let’s get it proper this Saturday towards Pitt and for the remainder of the season. Beginning this week, collectively we will likely be taking the next actions:
— Pupil attendance will likely be restricted to season ticket holders and a extra restricted variety of scholar lottery winners.
— College students are anticipated to comply with all new steering for gate entry.
— College students will likely be anticipated to maneuver to seats above the portals instantly to permit for all followers to take their seats safely and rapidly.
— Virginia Tech Police Division will deploy legislation enforcement officers and safety personnel in Lane Stadium to assist a constructive and secure fan expertise.
— College students coming into the sport illegally or who violate line protocols will likely be referred to Pupil Conduct. College students who violate our Student Code of Conduct danger important penalties.
— As well as, violators will likely be topic to ban from Virginia Tech athletic amenities by the police division.
Virginia Tech is such a robust, vibrant neighborhood guided by our Principles of Community, that are at all times on show at our dwelling soccer video games within the fall. This yr particularly, we now have a lot to be pleased with with being again on campus and within the full swing of the semester. However that is one space the place we haven’t introduced our greatest. Let’s change that beginning Saturday and remind our neighborhood that we all know and honor what it means to be a Hokie.
Assertion from Whit Babcock, director of athletics; Frank Shushok Jr., vp of scholar affairs; and Police Chief Mac Babb with the Virginia Tech Police Division from Oct. 14, 2021
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