Virginia Tech announced Thursday that it is taking action to crack down on student behavior in football games before the team’s game against Pittsburgh.
In a joint letter from Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock, Vice President of Student Affairs Frank Shushok Jr. and Virginia Tech Police Chief Mac Babb, the school addressed the need to curb student behavior. who attend the home games at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. .
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“We are disturbed to write this post because of the high esteem we hold for our students and the joy, curiosity and excellence with which you embrace your education every day,” the letter reads. . “Over the past few weeks, we have heard too many stories of selfish, inappropriate and embarrassing student behavior during home football games. . “
Student participation in the Hokies games will be “restricted to season pass holders and a more limited number of student lottery winners”, and students will be “required to” follow all new gate entry guidelines. ” There will also be more law enforcement officers on hand to “support a positive and safe fan experience.”
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“Virginia Tech is such a strong and vibrant community guided by our community principles, which are always on display in our home football games in the fall,” the letter adds. “This year in particular, we have so much to be proud of to be back on campus and in the middle of semester. But this is an area where we haven’t done our best. Let’s change that from Saturday and remind our community that we know and honor what it means to be a Hokie. “
The new measures came as some fans feared they would be trampled upon entering the venue. A student detailed the chaos in a recent video. The person’s girlfriend was having a panic attack amid the hubbub entering the stadium, and paramedics took a while to reach her.
“Too many people were able to walk in without a ticket, and then they just didn’t have enough people to handle the crowds,” Virginia Tech student Dalton Philips told WTVR-TV. “It’s to the point where, the crowds are pretty bad, the paramedics can’t go through, people have panic attacks and pass out – that kind of thing can’t happen.”
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Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh face off in a massive clash against the ACC on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.