Football games draw students, alumni, friends, and family to Lane stadium, leaving downtown Blacksburg silent when football games are going on. Even students who come to Tech with no interest in sports become drawn into the fierce loyalty that Tech students have for their football team. Now that Virginia Tech has joined the ACC, the excitement has gone up a notch. Basketball is also getting more attention because of the conference change. Most of Virginia Tech's sports are Division I, and the students are proud of this fact and make it out to lots of sporting events. Football is the hardest sport to get tickets for. Now, instead of waiting in line for hours, or even days, for tickets, students have to enter a lottery system and cross their fingers, hoping to get a ticket. Even guest tickets have gotten a little harder to get.
Students also get involved with intramural sports. These games are usually pretty light-hearted, but sometimes, the competitive spirit kicks in and a fierce battle ensues. Students who aren't interested in varsity sports or intramurals can get a workout at the gym or avoid sporting events or activities all together. While not all students can compete in Division I sports, intramurals offer an outlet to the sports-inclined. Team spirit is high around at Tech, and all students consider themselves proud Hokies. Football games in Blacksburg aren't just about football-they're also about supporting your school, hanging out with your friends, and tailgating. Around the country, people know about Virginia Tech because of its football team.