Southwest corner in May 2015
|Location||285 Beamer Way|
Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Owner||Virginia Polytechnic Institute|
and State University
1,200 (Club Seating)
240 (Luxury Seating - 15 Suites)
|Surface||'Latitude 36' Bermudagrass overseeded with Perennial Ryegrass in the fall|
|Broke ground||April 1, 1964|
|Opened||September 24, 1965|
55 years ago
|Renovated||1989, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2012, 2013|
|Expanded||1980, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004|
|Construction cost||$3.5 million|
($28.4 million in 2019)
|Architect||Carneal and Johnston|
Smithey and Boynton
|General contractor||Dobyns, Inc.|
|Virginia Tech Hokies (NCAA) (1965-present)|
Lane Stadium is a college football stadium in the eastern United States, located on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia. The playing surface of the stadium is named Worsham Field. The home field of the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), it was rated the number one home field advantage in all of college football in 2005 by In 2007, it was ranked #2 on ESPN.com's "Top 10 Scariest Places To Play." The stadium is named for Edward Hudson Lane, a former student, local businessman, and Virginia Tech booster, while the playing surface is named for Wes Worsham, a university donor and booster.
From 1982 to 2014, Lane Stadium had the highest elevation of any Football Bowl Subdivision stadium in the eastern United States, at 2,057 feet (627 m) above sea level. That distinction now belongs to Kidd Brewer Stadium of Appalachian State University, at 3,333 feet (1,016 m). (The highest field in FBS is at Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium, at 7,215 feet (2,199 m).)
In 1963, school administrator Stuart K. Cassell, namesake of Cassell Coliseum, proposed building a larger stadium to replace the 17,000-seat Miles Stadium, and construction began on April 1, 1964. It took a total of four years to complete construction, but its first game was played in 1965, when VT beat William & Mary At the time, only the west stands and center section of the east bleachers were completed; construction was completed summer of 1968, with an official cost of $3.5 million. It seated 35,050 and featured a press box for guests, writers, stats crew-members, scouts, and coaches. The playing field has a conventional north-south alignment with the press box along the west sideline.
The stadium is named after Edward Hudson Lane a VPI graduate and a 1960s member of the Board of Visitors. Lane founded the Lane Company Inc., of Altavista, known for their dominance of the cedar chest business, a business started in 1912 with the technical help of Lane's old shop class professor from Tech. In the 1960s, Lane headed an educational foundation project which raised over $3 million for the original construction, with his challenge gift of Lane Company stock comprising the lead gift. Like many stadiums built at the time, it consisted of two bowed sideline grandstands with free-standing bleachers behind the end zones. The stadium's original form was substantially similar to that of BB&T Field at Wake Forest and Memorial Stadium at Indiana University.
Lane Stadium remained generally unchanged for 20 years, but in 1980 the east stands were expanded, increasing the stadium capacity to 52,500. Two years later, the Stadium installed a brand-new lighting system that would help the team get its first nationally broadcast game on WTBS, a 21-14 win over their state rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers.
Prior to the 1989 season, the stadium added 16 flags and received a new paint job, including the maroon and orange stripes still inside the stadium.
On September 5, 1992, during the season opener against James Madison, Lane Stadium's playing surface was dedicated in honor of longtime supporters from Kilmarnock, Wes and Janet Worsham and renamed Worsham Field. The Worshams pledged $1 million to the university's Second Century Campaign, which raised over $18.6 million, $1.7 million more than the original goal.
In the spring of 1994, renovations were completed on seven lower sections of the east stands. Renovations also included replacing concrete risers and the addition of wheelchair seating decreasing capacity to 50,000. Also, before the 1994 season, plaques bearing retired numbers of Tech heroes Bruce Smith, Carroll Dale, Jim Pyne, and Frank Loria were added to the wall in the north end zone. However, with the later addition of the north end zone seats, the four retired numbers now fly on flag poles above those stands.
Before the start of the 1998 season, the oldest bleachers were replaced with new locust wood and the stands were waterproofed. On the east side, the roof on the old visitors' locker room was replaced along with the bleachers above the dressing room.
Before the 1999 season, the university started work on the north end zone. The summer of 1999 saw the addition of roughly 2,100 seats to the north end zone increasing capacity to 53,130. In the summer of 2000, 3,000 more permanent bleacher seats were added to the north end zone increasing capacity to 56,272. That summer also saw the addition of a new scoreboard, known as Hokievision, installed behind the north end zone. The summer of 2001 saw the latest round of additions to north end zone bleachers -- 600 seats for The Marching Virginians. This move brought the capacity down to 53,662.
Prior to the 2002 season, the stadium saw 11,120 seats added in the south end zone to effectively enclose that end of the stadium increasing capacity to 65,115. The double-deck structure is similar to that of the Cleveland Browns' "Dawg Pound" section. It has bleacher, bench-back, and club seats. The structure is enclosed, but has gaps between the older structures and itself. This is the result of building codes and a desire to get fans even closer to the field.
Perhaps the biggest addition to Lane Stadium was completed prior to the 2006 season. After the 2004 season, the old press box was removed and construction began on this west-side expansion, filling in to match what was built up during the 2004 season. The new boxes include a new press area, on the side toward the south end zone, with a dining area and improved facilities. Also, the fencing that surrounds the stadium was removed, and the area on the west side exterior of the stadium landscaped with walkways and a weekday parking lot for ticket patrons and Hall of Fame and Hokie Club visitors. New luxury suites, President's area, four private club seating areas, concession stands, ticket office, athletic fund offices, an Athletics Hall of Fame, and student academic services area were also included in this latest project. A two tier grandstand featuring 11,000 seats, 15 luxury suites, and a new visitor's locker room was completed. The $52.5 million expansion includes 23 luxury suites, a new press box, and club seating. The addition increased Lane Stadium's seating capacity to 66,233.
Hokie Stone was added to the walls of each end zone in 2005. New kicking nets were also installed in both end zones. A new, larger video screen, called 'HokieVision' was also added in the north endzone. Improved playing surface lighting was added as part of the renovation as well. The traditional "Home of the Fighting Gobblers" sign was also removed from the West Stands during this renovation (the sign is currently located above the HokieShop in the West Stands concourse). In an article in "The Roanoke Times" newspaper, it stated that Tech was not going to even think about renovating Lane Stadium again until about 2013, and it also stated that when Tech renovates Lane Stadium, the university will most likely tear down the student's section and replace it with new concrete bleachers and increase that area's capacity, and also add suites on top of it, and possibly connect the south side with the east and west sides.
Prior to the 2012 season, the West Side Outdoor Club seating area was completely renovated and new luxury chairback seats were installed. The entire seating structure was reconfigured, which decreased the number of seating rows, subsequently allowing for more legroom from row to row, and reduced capacity to 65,632.
In time for the start of the 2013 season, a new "Hokie Vision" video scoreboard was installed. This board is completely LED and the screen itself would completely contain the size of the old scoreboard. There are four pylons holding up the board: the smaller, center two were used as the pylons for the old board and the outer two (both larger) are used in addition to the original pylons to hold up the new board. This new scoreboard ranks third largest college football scoreboard.
A portion of the East stands' bleachers were replaced in Spring/Summer of 2017.
During the 2018 season, Virginia Tech unveiled a commissioned statue of former head coach Frank Beamer in front of Lane Stadium's main entrance. The statue was erected to pay tribute to Beamer who coached at his alma mater for 29 seasons, winning 238 games and guiding the Hokies to 23 straight bowl games. The former coach was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
|Lane Stadium - Quick Facts|
|Seasons in Use||53rd Season|
|Number of sold out games||101 (as of Oct 24, 2017)|
|Overall Record||217-82-6 (.721), Games: 305|
|ACC Record||36-17 (.679), Games: 53|
|vs. Non-Conference||150-56-6 (.722), Games: 212|
|vs. Ranked Teams||21-25 (.457) Games: 46|
|First Game/First Win at Lane Stadium||October 2, 1965||William & Mary||W 9-7|
|First Television Game (ABC)||October 29, 1966||Florida State||W 23-21|
|25th Win at Lane Stadium||October 11, 1975||Florida State||W 13-10|
|50th Win at Lane Stadium||October 3, 1981||Memphis State||W 17-13|
|First CBS Game||September 18, 1982||Miami (FL)||L 8-14|
|First Night Game||November 25, 1982||Virginia||W 21-14|
|First TBS Game|
|First Thursday Night Game|
|First Game Under Head Coach Frank Beamer||September 12, 1987||Clemson||L 10-22|
|First Win Under Head Coach Frank Beamer||October 3, 1987||Navy||W 31-11|
|75th Win at Lane Stadium|
|First ESPN Game||November 24, 1990||Virginia||W 38-13|
|First Big East Game||September 26, 1992||West Virginia||L 7-16|
|First Big East Win||October 16, 1993||Temple||W 55-7|
|100th Win at Lane Stadium||September 22, 1994||West Virginia||W 34-6|
|Program's 1,000th Game||September 4, 1999||James Madison||W 47-0|
|125th Win at Lane Stadium||September 23, 1999||Clemson||W 31-11|
|ESPN College GameDay - First Appearance||October 16, 1999||Syracuse||W 62-0|
|ESPN College GameDay - Second Appearance||November 13, 1999||Miami (FL)||W 43-10|
|ESPN College GameDay - Third Appearance / Lee Corso's car lightning strike||August 30, 2000||Georgia Tech||Canceled|
|Frank Beamer's 100th Win at Virginia Tech||September 1, 2001||Connecticut||W 52-10|
|Virginia Tech's 600th win overall||September 6, 2003||James Madison||W 43-0|
|150th Win at Lane Stadium||November 1, 2003||Miami (FL)||W 31-7|
|First ACC Game and Win||September 18, 2004||Duke||W 41-17|
|ESPN College GameDay - Fourth Appearance||September 24, 2005||Georgia Tech||W 51-7|
|ESPN College GameDay - Fifth Appearance||November 5, 2005||Miami (FL)||L 7-27|
|ESPN College GameDay - Sixth Appearance||September 1, 2007||East Carolina||W 17-7|
|Frank Beamer's 200th overall win||September 15, 2007||Ohio||W 28-7|
|Frank Beamer's First win vs. Bobby Bowden & Florida State Seminoles||November 10, 2007||Florida State||W 40-21|
|250th game at Lane Stadium||November 6, 2008||Maryland||W 23-13|
|First overtime game||September 3, 2012||Georgia Tech||W 20-17|
|200th Win at Lane Stadium||October 13, 2012||Duke||W 41-20|
|Consecutive home game sellout streak||Nov.1998 - Sep.2013||W. Carolina||W 45-3|
|50th Anniversary of Lane Stadium||August 30, 2014||William & Mary||W 34-9|
|ESPN College GameDay - Seventh Appearance||September 7, 2015||Ohio State||L 24-42|
|First Game under Head Coach Justin Fuente||September 3, 2016||Liberty||W 36-13|
|50th ACC home game||September 17, 2016||Boston College||W 49-0|
|300th Game at Lane Stadium & 100th ACC game||October 20, 2016||Miami (FL)||W 37-16|
|ESPN College Gameday - Eighth Appearance||September 30, 2017||Clemson||L 31-17|
|100th Sold out game at Lane Stadium|