Lane Stadium Honored as Best in the Nation
Rivals.com names Tech's stadium "Best Home Field Advantage" in college football
August 22, 2005

BLACKSBURG - Rivals.com has ranked Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium as the top home field advantage in Division I-A football.

According to the site, "all stadiums were not created equal, and some teams will have competitive advantages when playing at home this season. Though sheer attendance numbers help, it's all about quality - not quantity - when it comes to home field advantage in Division I football. How hard is it for opponents to infiltrate your stadium in mass? How often do the games sell out? And - forget rivalry games - how loud and nasty does the crowd get for the season-opening cupcakes? After taking all of these things into account, here are the top 10 home field advantages in college football."

After examining all 119 Division I-A stadiums, Lane was tabbed the tops in the nation in terms of home field advantage. Here's what the site said about Tech's facility:

1. Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech)
Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., doesn't blow people away by the brute strength of a massive stadium, but with knowledgeable fans that always reach a frenzied pitch at the right time, the Hokies make the most of their numbers.

Every good stadium has at least one end designed for deafening noise levels, and the enclosed South End Zone at Lane Stadium fits the bill perfectly. Holding more than 11,000 screaming Virginia Tech fans, the section amplifies noise and renders audibles useless. That's not to mention the isolation factor. With the nearest major airport nearly 45 minutes away, opponents' fans are never out in force at Lane Stadium.

The X-factor: Beamer Ball
The hard-nosed Hokies are never outhustled. With the most intense special teams unit in college football year-in and year-out -- not to mention the defense's penchant for scoring points -- there's never a dull moment at a game in Blacksburg.

Capacity: 66,233

Lane Stadium is entering its 41st season as Tech's arena for football games. Tech's home opener will take place on Sept. 17 when the Hokies and Ohio Bobcats battle starting at 3:30 p.m.

The rest of the top 10 is as follows: 2. Tiger Stadium (LSU); 3. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State); 4. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Florida); 5. Beaver Stadium (Penn State); 6. Autzen Stadium (Oregon); 7. Kyle Field (Texas A&M); 8. Camp Randall Stadium (Wisconsin); 9. Doak Campbell Stadium (Florida State); 10. Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn).