BLACKSBURG - The 2014 season marks the 50th year of Lane Stadium and the Virginia Tech Athletics Department has a season-long interactive celebration planned to celebrate the venue, which opened in 1965.
In April of 1964, construction began on Lane Stadium, which is named after Edward H. Lane. Lane is a 1910 graduate of the school and a former member of the Board of Visitors who headed an educational foundation project that raised more than $3 million for the stadium’s construction.
The first varsity game in the stadium was a 9-7 Hokie win over William & Mary on Oct. 2, 1965. The first time the stadium was used was on Sept. 24 of 1965 when the Tech freshman team played the University of Maryland. Despite not being completed, the stadium was dedicated on Oct. 23, 1965 at Homecoming, as Tech beat Virginia 22-14. Construction was completed on Lane Stadium three years later at a cost of $3.5 million with an original capacity of 35,050.
Tech enters 2014 with an all-time record of 205-72-6 (.735) inside Lane Stadium, which has undergone numerous expansions to its current 65,632 capacity.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the stadium, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department has launched a special website for fans at LaneStadium50.com, which features a timeline showcasing some of the top memorable plays, moments and games. Also, each Monday of a home game, the top plays and moments from a decade will be revealed, starting with the 1960s for the William & Mary week, moving to the 1970s for the East Carolina week, and so on.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, fans will have the opportunity to vote for an All-Lane Team presented by nTelos, choosing the best players ever to play in the stadium. On the website, fans will find nominees at every position group to vote on. Voting will be live until Friday, Nov. 21, and the squad will be announced the week of the Virginia game.
The 50th-year website will also have scans of every game program in stadium history, infographics comparing life in 1965 to life in 2014, and will be updated with exclusive videos and content throughout the 2014 Hokie football season. Fans are also encouraged to tweet pictures of the at Lane Stadium from over the years using the hashtag #Lane50 and the best ones will be added to the site.
The site will go live at noon on Monday, Aug. 18, but a 50th season video is already on the site counting down the time until the launch date.
The Hokies kick off their 2014 season at home on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. (ESPNEWS) against William & Mary - the team they played in the first varsity game at Lane Stadium back in 1965. A limited number of season tickets are still available. Season tickets may be purchased online at hokietickets.com or by contacting the Virginia Tech Athletics Ticket Office at 800-VATECH-4.
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