In Game

The fans at Virginia Tech are some of the loudest in the nation making Lane Stadium one of the best college football venues in the country. The fans here are so loud that in 2007, an ESPN poll named Lane Stadium as the toughest place to play in the nation. 

Before every game, HokieBird leads the charge out onto the field while the PA system blares Metallica’s “Enter the Sandman.” Thousands of Hokies fans cheer and applaud as their favorite team gets ready to take down the opposition. The most famous pregame cheer is one where half of the stadium chants “LET’S GO” while the other half yells “HOKIES.” The entrance sets the tone for the electric atmosphere of a Virginia Tech game.

Come prepared to experience one of the best atmospheres in college football when attending a Virginia Tech game. The atmosphere at Virginia Tech is incredible and creates an unforgettable college football experience that any football fan will love.

Things to check out

Skipper

Skipper is the name of Virginia Tech’s game cannon and is named to honor John F. Kennedy who skippered a PT boat in WWII. It was built in the early 1960s in response to VMI’s “where’s your cannon chant” and is the world’s largest game cannon. Skipper is fired after the singing of the national anthem as well as after every scoring play. If you’re making your way to Blacksburg for a game make sure to see Skipper while you’re here.

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Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame , located on the west side of the stadium, features numerous artifacts from famous Hokie athletes and events. Make sure to check out the Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame to learn more about the history of the Hokies during your trip to Blacksburg.

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Hokie Stone

As the team runs out onto the field, each player slaps a slab of Hokie Stone for good luck. Hokie Stone is an important part of Virginia Tech University as many university buildings including Lane Stadium are made of this building material. On and off the field Hokie Stone is a unifying feature of Virginia Tech.

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Hokie Pokie

The 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. Before the end of the third quarter everyone rises to their feet and performs the Hokie Pokie to give their team that lasts little bit of extra motivation.

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Turkey Gobble

Every once in awhile a turkey gobble is played over the PA system to pump up the crowd. The 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. Listen for the gobble and join in to show your support for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets

The freshman cadets perform push-ups on their classmates' shoulders after every Hokies score. Look for the Corps of Cadets during the game to see how many points the Hokies have scored.

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HokieBird

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 also plays an active role in the Virginia Tech game day experience as not only does he lead the team onto the field, he also does bench presses after each and every VA Tech score.

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Fight Songs

  1. Virginia Tech Alma Mater

    Played after games.

    (Verse)

    Sing praise to Alma Mater dear,

    For V.P.I. we’ll ever cheer;

    Come lift your voices, swell the song,

    Our loyalties to her belong.  

     

    (Chorus)

    So stand and sing, all hail to thee.

    V.P., all hail to thee.  

     

    (Verse)

    The Orange and Maroon you see,

    That’s fighting on to victory;

    Our strife will not be long this day,

    For glory lies within this fray.  

     

    (Verse)

    All loyal sons and daughters, one,

    We raise our banner to the sun;

    Our motto brings a spirit true,

    That we may ever serve you.

  2. Tech Triumph

    Played after the Hokies score.

    Techmen, we’re Techmen, with spirit true and faithful,  

    Backing up our teams with hopes undying;  

    Techmen, Oh, Techmen, we’re out to win today,  

    Showing pep and life with which we’re trying;  

    V.P., old V.P., you know our hearts are with you  

    In our luck which never seems to die;  

    Win or lose, we’ll greet you with a glad returning,  

    You’re the pride of V.P.I.  

     

    Chorus:

    Just watch our men so big and active  

    Support the Orange and Maroon. Let’s go Techs.  

    We know our ends and backs are stronger,  

    With winning hopes, we fear defeat no longer.  

    To see our team plow through the line, boys.  

    Determined now to win or die:  

    So give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi,  

    Rae, Ri, old V.P.I.  

     

    Second Verse (seldom used)  

    Fight, men, oh, fight, men, we’re going to be the champions  

    Adding to our list another victory;  

    Football or baseball, the games in which we star,  

    They’re the sports which made old VP famous.  

    Hold’em, just hold’em, you know the Corps’ behind you  

    Watching every movement that you make.  

    Winning games was nothing for our teams before you —  

    Keep the “rep” for VP’s sake.

  3. Carry Me Back

    Carry me back to old Virginia,  

    There’s where the cotton and the corn and taters grow,

    There’s where the birds warble sweet in the springtime,

    There’s where this old darkey’s heart am long’d to go,

    There’s where I labored so hard for old massa,

    Day after day in the field of yellow corn,

    No place on earth do I love more sincerely

    Than old Virginia, the state where I was born.  

     

    CHORUS:

    Carry me back to old Virginia,

    There’s where the cotton and the corn and taters grow,

    There’s where the birds warble sweet in the springtime,

    There’s where this old darkey’s heart am long’d to go.

  4. VPI Victory March

    Verse:

    You’ve seen Mountaineers fumble,

    You’ve been in Hurricanes’ eye,

    And you know ‘ol Syracuse

    Has learned the force of Hokie-Hi.

    Worthy teams from all around,

    Like Hoos from UVA,

    Know a winning team awaits them;

    Victory is ours today.  

     

    Break Strain:

    GO, TECH!

    GO, TECH!

    H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!  
    (Repeat Verse)

  5. Let’s Go Hokies Cheer

    The most famous pre-game cheer where half of the stadium chants “LET’S GO” while the other half yells “HOKIES.”

    Let’s Go Hokies!

    Let’s Go Hokies!

    Let’s Go Hokies!

  6. Old Hokie

    One person shouts, “ONE, TWO! ONE, TWO!”
    Hokie Hokie Hokie Hy
    Tech Tech V.P.I!
    Solah-Rex, Solah-Rah
    Polytech Vir-gin-ia
    Ray Rah V.P.I.
    Team! Team! Team!

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