Virginia Tech Stadium Expansion Continues On Track
Project gets commitment from major donors
June 4, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech Athletic Department officials agree that the Lane Stadium west side expansion is right on track after several major donors committed $1.9 million this past weekend to enable planning efforts to proceed.

"On behalf of the entire athletic department, I want to express sincere thanks to the donors who stepped up this weekend and made possible the continuation of the west side project," said Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver.

"Our people have shown great support once again," said head football coach Frank Beamer. "That is what our program is known for. There is no question that when the expansion is completed, we will have the very best stadium in the country."

The west side stadium project is the last of a three-step process to expand and improve Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. The first phase was the addition of over 5,500 permanent bleacher seats in the north end zone over the course of three seasons from 1999-2001. Phase two, which was completed prior to the 2002 season, was the towering south end zone addition. The double-deck addition added over 11,000 seats along with a spacious new visiting team locker room and the modern June Oblinger Shott Media Center.

"I am very pleased that our west side stadium project is on track and moving full speed ahead," said Weaver. "We plan to continue the momentum of this project through our fund raising efforts and complete this very important facility for the Virginia Tech Athletics Department."

In addition to providing additional seating and a new press box tower, the west stadium project will provide an 18,250-square foot, state-of-the-art academic center for Tech's student-athletes. New offices for the Athletic Ticket Office and Athletic Fund are also included in the new facility.

"We certainly feel that we are in the top level of college football at present," said Beamer, "and with this commitment that is exactly where we plan to stay."