Know before you go: ESPN’s College GameDay fan guidelines, and Virginia Tech game information

ESPN's College Gameday hosting it's weekly Saturday pre-game show in Harrisonburg, Va. in 2015 before the Richmond Spiders played the James Madison Dukes.

The following comes directly from ESPN via Virginia Tech:

BLACKSBURG – ESPN confirmed Tuesday that College GameDay will broadcast live from Alumni Mall on the Virginia Tech campus on Saturday morning. The show will be a precursor to Saturday night’s game between No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 2 Clemson. The rematch of the 2016 ACC Championship Game will mark the first time two undefeated teams ranked in the top 12 of the AP Poll will square off at Lane Stadium.


The College GameDay stage will be set on Alumni Mall with the Torgersen Bridge as the backdrop. As a result, parking will be unavailable on Alumni Mall from Wednesday, Sept. 27 though Sun., Oct. 1. The road will close to all traffic at noon Friday, Sept. 29 and reopen Sunday, Oct. 1. Alumni Mall will be closed to traffic beginning at noon on Friday.


SportsCenter will do live hits on location throughout the day on Friday and College Football Live will tape at 3 p.m. On Saturday, fans can arrive as early as 4 a.m. to begin lining up. “The Pit” area will open at 5 a.m. SportsCenter hits will start during the 7 a.m. hour before GameDay goes live at 9 a.m.


Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, David Pollack, Maria Taylor, Tom Rinaldi and Gene Wojciechowski will go live on campus at 9 a.m. ET.


ESPN’s College GameDay has been on site for 10 Virginia Tech games since 1999, including last season’s game vs. Tennessee at the Battle at Bristol on Sept. 10. Saturday will mark the sixth appearance of College GameDay in Blacksburg and the first since 2007. The Hokies are 4-1 in home GameDay contests.


The following are rules set by ESPN for fans that wish to attend:

• Fans entering the pit will be checked by a security wand.

• No bags, backpacks or purses will be permitted in the pit.

• No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage).

• No signs on a stick.

• No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards.

• No food or drinks.

• Throwing of objects is prohibited.


Since GameDay’s first show in Blacksburg on Oct. 16, 1999, the Hokies and the live production have always enjoyed a special connection. Virginia Tech became only the third school to serve as the host for GameDay twice in the same season, as GameDay served as the opening act for Tech victories over No. 16 Syracuse and No. 19 Miami in 1999. In an effort to bring a sense of normalcy back to a vulnerable community, GameDay and ESPN broadcast the first Tech football game after the April 16 tragedy on Sept. 1, 2007 vs. East Carolina.


ABC will televise the Virginia Tech-Clemson game to a national audience at 8 p.m. ET. Visit for information on attending the game, plus details on TV, radio and internet coverage for fans following the Hokies across the nation.


Important Parking Information

To accommodate the increase volume of vehicular traffic on campus for the Sept. 30 home football game, a number of parking and traffic changes will be in place. Vehicles must be removed from these lots and roads or are subject to being towed.


The following lots and roads will be restricted to no additional parking after 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. All vehicles must be removed from these lots and roads by 10 p.m., also on Friday:

·         Litton–Reaves/Wallace (located off Washington Street and Duck Pond Drive)

·         Coliseum (located off Washington Street and Beamer Way)

·         Stadium

·         Chicken Hill

·         Track/Field House on Beamer Way)

·         Vet–Medicine (north–side only)

·         Health and Safety Lot (located off Research Center Drive)

·         Food Sciences

·         Maintenance (located off Southgate Drive)

·         Engel/Cheatham

·         Price Hall

·         Davidson

·         Smithfield (located off Smithfield Road)

·         Architecture Annex–Media

·         Lower Stanger

·         Rec Field Lot (off Research Center Drive)

·         Wright House

·         Hahn

·         Duck Pond Drive

(The cage) only the commuter/graduate interior section at the south end of the lot near Vet-Med

·         Beamer Way

·         Duck Pond–Overflow (located off Oak Lane)

·         Perry Street Lot #3

·         Hahn Hurst Lot and the Basketball Extension

·         VTES/University Library Storage Facility

·         Washington Street (parallel spaces from West Campus Drive to Kent Street)

·         West Stadium (small lot adjacent to the stadium)


Commuter, graduate, and resident student vehicles parked along the outside perimeter of the Duck Pond Road Lot (the cage) must be relocated by 5 p.m. All resident student vehicles must be removed from the Stadium and Chicken Hill lots by 10 p.m.


Resident students may park in one of the following areas:

·         Resident section of Duck Pond Drive Lot (the cage) interior spaces only.

(Perimeter of the lot is reserved for RV vehicles)

·         Prices Fork Lot 5 and 6


Resident student vehicles must be back in resident lots by 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2. For more information contact the Office of Parking and Transportation at 540-231-3200, or


The following comes directly from Virginia Tech:

* Football gameday parking will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30


Q. Are tickets still available?
No, this game is SOLD OUT.


Q. What time is the game and what time do stadium games open?
Saturday’s game time is set for 8 p.m. ET at Lane Stadium. Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. The Ticket Office will open at 4 p.m. and Public Will Call opens at Gate 4 starting at that time.

Q: Any special events for Saturday’s game?

The biggest event of the day is ESPN College GameDay will be on campus! Fans can start lining up as early as 4 a.m. and the pit area will open at 5 a.m. SportsCenter will start at 7 a.m. before GameDay goes live at 9 a.m. So grab your signs and join Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Maria Taylor on Alumni Mall. In addition, the Hokies will also host a women’s soccer game on Friday night against Boston College. There will be a sign making station so fans can get their signs ready for GameDay.

Be sure to arrive early for the game because there will be skydivers and fireworks prior to kickoff. Saturday is also the annual Maroon Effect game and Virginia Tech will recognize the football student-athletes who have had their numbers retired. There will be a Card Stunt sponsored by Coca-Cola and Kroger, so be sure to stay in your seat at the end of the 1st quarter.

Q: What is the halftime entertainment?

Halftime will be performed by the Marching Virginians and will be followed by an on-the-field recognition of the football student-athletes who have had their numbers retired.

Q: What should I wear?

Stay away from orange for Saturday’s game and show your Hokie pride by wearing MAROON. You can purchase the 2017 Maroon Effect T-Shirt at University Bookstores, Hokie Village and Lane Stadium shops. Saturday is looking like a beautiful fall day in Blacksburg with the weather currently forecasting sunny skies all day with highs in the upper 60s. The low is set for low 40s and there is just a 10 percent chance of rain.


Q. What time does Hokie Village open and close?
A blast from Skipper will officially open Hokie Village at 4:30 p.m. on the field directly west of Lane Stadium across Beamer Way. Hokie Village closes at 7:15 p.m. Hokie Village will feature food trucks from Papa John’s, Grandpa Ike’s, Saucy Swine-O’s and Centerplate concessions. There will also be giveaways from Zaxby’s, Wendy’s, Pringles, and Coca-Cola. The Marching Virginians Drumline will perform and the Virginia Tech softball team will be out there signing autographs.

Q. What weather can we expect for the game?
Saturday should be a beautiful fall day in Blacksburg with temperatures anticipated in the upper 60s; sunny all day with winds light and variable. Sunrise is approximately 7:16 a.m. and sunset at 7:06 p.m. Humidity will be around 55 percent and a 10 percent chance of rain during the day. The day will cool off with temperatures in the low 40s. As always, check for updated forecasts and plan accordingly.

Q. What TV channel is the game on?
The game is being broadcast on ABC with Chris Fowler serving as the play-by-play announcer, Kirk Herbstreit as the analyst and Maria Taylor on the sideline.

The game will also be available online through WatchESPN – (subject to availability)

Q. How can I listen to the Hokies on the radio?
WBRW 105.3 FM will carry the game in Blacksburg

Follow this link for complete list of IMG Sports Radio Network Affiliates

Satellite Info: Sirius Channel 80 | XM Channel 80 | Internet Channel 80

Listen digitally through the HokieSports app or TuneIn

Q. How can I follow the Hokies online? will provide comprehensive coverage throughout game day, bringing you closer to the Hokies than anyone else can with photos, videos and insights from inside the team. In addition, @VT_Football on Twitter will have live pregame, in-game and postgame updates.

Q. When/where is “The Hokie Walk” taking place?

Team busses arrive at approximately 5:45 p.m. for The Hokie Walk. Head coach Justin Fuente and the team will walk from the outside the West Side of Lane Stadium on Beamer Way to the team locker room in the Merryman Center. Fans are encouraged to cheer on the team upon arrival.

Q: Are there any road construction issues that could impact my travel plans?

The work has started on the 460/Southgate Connector project. This will impact travel on game day. Current conditions read on the VDot website as follows: Lane closures and activity in the work zone continue. Motorists should use caution in the area and expect delays and lane closures periodically. The athletic department will continually update fans on conditions throughout the season.

More information about the project can be found here – VDot

Traffic will also be closed on Alumni Mall due to College GameDay.


Q: Where can I find info on Blacksburg Transit?

Blacksburg Transit offers service on all buses and shuttles on football game day(s). In addition to regular fixed-route service, Blacksburg Transit runs extra football buses on regular routes to facilitate large crowds. Blacksburg Transit also offers shuttle service from public parking at P2 (map), located at 3109 Prices Fork Road to Lane Stadium.

BT Access provides free ADA shuttle service for passengers with disabilities to and from Lane Stadium. Please call BT Access at 540-961-1803 for more details.

Football Shuttles begin three hours prior to kickoff and run for two hours after each game. Regular fixed-route service is suspended for two hours after each game so that those buses can be used to assist departing fans.

All shuttles will leave from Washington Street, by Cassell Coliseum after the game. BT staff will be available in safety vests to direct passengers.

More information can be found by clicking this link. – Blacksburg Transit

Q. Do the Hokies have a Clear Bag Policy at Lane Stadium?

Yes, the Hokies instituted a new clear bag policy prior to the 2016 season. The following are approved to be carried into Lane Stadium:

Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x12”

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)

Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap and no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

For more information visit – Link


Q. What items are restricted or permitted at Lane Stadium? 
Lane Stadium has adopted several “best practices” that have been implemented at many major collegiate, professional and entertainment venues nationwide. Providing a safe environment for our guests remains an ongoing priority at Virginia Tech, along with increasing the comfort and efficiency of all individuals entering the facility.


Non-Allowable Items

In order to provide a more enjoyable experience and for the safety of all fans, the following items are not allowed in the stadium:

                No Chair backs – Reserve a Hokie Stadium Seat by calling (800) 510-5614 or by logging on to Stadium Chair backs are also available on game day for $8.


                Selfie Sticks

                Alcoholic Beverages or other beverages

                Audio or Video recording equipment

                Cameras with a detachable lens 6 inches or longer

                Coolers/Containers (unless containing medical supplies)

                Diaper bags (unless accompanied by a baby)

                Fireworks or any Explosive

                Folding chairs


                Illegal Drugs

                Large Bags or Backpacks

                Laser Pointers

                Noisemakers (Horns, whistles or artificial noisemakers of any kind)

                Pets (except service animals for the disabled)

                Signs, Flags, or Banners