Virginia Tech to Add Seats in South End Zone for 2000 Season
Short and long-term solutions in place to keep up with demand for season tickets
June 6, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced today that it will install additional temporary seating in its South end zone for the 2000 football season.

The existing bleacher seating in the scoreboard end of Lane Stadium/Worsham Field will be removed this summer and new temporary bleacher seating will be installed. The South end zone bleachers will seat approximately 3,268 fans for the 2000 season. The old South end zone bleachers held 1,672 seats.

The action allows the Athletics Department to fill approximately 1,600 season ticket requests that without the change in South end zone seating it would not have been able to meet this season. The additional South end zone seats will be used in-part for visiting team and available day-of-game sales. Season ticket holders will occupy seats in the East and West stands.

"Four seasons ago in 1997, we sold 16,675 season tickets. This year we have a demand for over double that number. That is phenomenal growth," stated Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver.

The athletics department received requests for over 35,000 season tickets for the 2000 season. Roughly 32,000 of those ticket requests will be filled.

"We are doing everything we can to keep up on a short-term basis with the overwhelming demand for Virginia Tech football," added Weaver. "Thankfully, we have a long-term solution for permanent seats just around the corner."

Already in progress is the expansion of the North end zone for the 2000 season that will total over 5,000 permanent seats. This is an increase of over 3,000 seats from last season. The south end zone temporary bleachers will eventually be replaced by permanent stands with seating for approximately 12,000 fans.

Lane Stadium will have a seating capacity of slightly over 55,000 for the 2000 season.