Virginia Tech Will Not Play In BCA Bowl
Gazelle Group to handle ticketing issues
September 1, 2000

Blacksburg, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Friday that the Hokies' football team will not participate in the 2000 BCA Bowl.

After lengthy deliberations, university and athletic officials determined that a rescheduled event with a make-up opponent was not a viable option. Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver, in explaining the events of the week, said, "I had made it clear on Wednesday to both Gazelle and ESPN that if Georgia Tech could not play it was highly unlikely Virginia Tech would play on Dec. 1." Weaver informed both parties that he would need to visit on Thursday with Head Coach Frank Beamer, University General Counsel and University President Charles Steger. Georgia Tech announced it would not play in the 2000 BCA Bowl Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia Tech arrived at its decision late Thursday morning and was attempting to work with the promoter of the event, Gazelle Group, on monetary solutions to make the BCA and participating parties whole. "We felt that if we could work together with Gazelle, the BCA could realize its anticipated funds from the event," said Weaver. Tech had proposed to make a concerted marketing effort with its fans to generate funds for the event through donations from individual ticket refunds and already realized concessions, parking and program sales.

"To extend our season an additional week for a contest that will now expose our student athletes and fans to an entirely new set of unknown circumstances is not in the best interest of the Virginia Tech football program and this university," Weaver said. "We are deeply sorry that the weather forced the cancellation of the BCA Bowl. Now we have to do what we feel is best for our program and fans."

The Gazelle Group is responsible for ticketing issues related to the event. A decision concerning ticket refunds is expected in the near future. Gazelle will be responsible for processing any refunds that may occur. Questions concerning ticketing issues should be directed to the Gazelle Group.