1. Hokie Stone
Hokie Stone can be found all around the Virginia Tech campus and Cassell Coliseum is no exception. Inside Cassell Coliseum you can see several examples of the famous Virginia Tech building material, so take a walk of the concourse and check out the Hokie Stone inside the arena.
2. Virginia Tech-Virginia Rivalry
Virginia Tech and Virginia have an intense rivalry, and things have only heated up even more recently with Tech’s move to the ACC in 2004. The Hokies may get the better of the Cavaliers in football, but when it comes to basketball Virginia holds a 89-54 lead in the all-time series. The fans and schools flat out do not like each other, and you’ll see plenty of venom between the two fan bases on game days, so don’t miss your chance to see this fierce rivalry in person.
3. The Hokie Pokie
This famous dance is a time-honored tradition at Virginia Tech, where you’ll catch the everyone in the crowd putting their right foot in and shaking it all about. Join in the Hokie Pokie at a Virginia Tech basketball game to show off your Hokies pride.
HokieBird is the official mascot of Virginia Tech. The concept behind HokieBird dates back to the previous the school’s former nickname, the Fighting Gobblers. Since debuting in 1981 HokieBird has built up quite a reputation and has even been named one of the top mascots in college football. He plays an active role in the Virginia Tech game day experience, so don’t miss his antics when attending a Virginia Tech basketball game.
5. Cassell Guard
Virginia Tech students provide incredible fan support to the football team, and it is no different when it comes to basketball. The Cassell Guard remains loud throughout the game and is a big part of what makes the atmosphere inside Cassell Coliseum so electric, so enjoy the atmosphere they provide at a Hokies basketball game.
6. Retired Numbers and Banners
Cassell Coliseum is home to several banners showcasing Hokies basketball history. The banners honor all of Virginia Tech’s best teams and pay tribute to the best players in Hokies basketball history including Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles.
7. Wooden Seats
The wooden seats inside Cassell Coliseum give the arena a great vintage feel that you will only find in a few other arenas. The seats here along with the general architecture of the stadium give Cassell Coliseum a unique feel you won’t find anywhere else.
8. Turkey Gobble
Every once in awhile a turkey gobble is played over the PA system to pump up the crowd. This tradition started in memory of Floyd “Hard Times” Meade, who was adopted by the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets and became the school’s first mascot in the 19th century and later brought live turkeys to the game.