Virginia Tech has announced that it is taking steps to control student behavior during football matches against Pittsburgh.
In a joint letter to Virginia Tech Athletics Director Whit Bacock, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok Jr. and Virginia Tech Police Chief MacBab, the school addressed the need to curb the behavior of students attending home games at Len Stadium in Blacksburg. .
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It is difficult for us to write this message because of our high regard for our students and the joy, curiosity and excellence with which you receive your education every day, ”the letter said. “Over the past several weeks we have heard so many stories of selfish, inappropriate and embarrassing student behavior at home games. What we have heard is below Virginia Tech standards – and most importantly, it creates an unsafe environment for everyone present. . “
Student attendance for hockey games “may be limited to current ticket holders and certain lottery winners” and students must “follow all new guidelines for entry.” In addition, additional law enforcement officers will be on hand to “support a positive and safe fan experience”.
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The letter added: “Virginia Tech is a strong and active community that is guided by the principles of our community, which are always reflected in our home football games in the fall.” “We have a lot to be proud of this year, especially back on campus and swinging throughout the semester. But this is an area where we do not bring our best. Let’s change that Saturday and remember our community. We know and respect what hockey means.
The new measures come at a time when some fans are worried about being trampled on. A student details the chaos in a recent video. The man’s girlfriend was frightened in the middle of the brouhaha as she entered the stadium, and it took a while for the medical staff to reach her.
“Many people were able to enter without tickets, and then there were not enough people in public administration,” Dalton Phillips, a Virginia Tech student, told WTVR-TV. “As long as the population is bad enough, medical professionals can’t get past it, people are scared and passing by – that kind of thing can’t happen.
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Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh will play a big ACC match on Saturday at 3:30 pm ET.