Virginia Tech expects sellout streak to end Saturday

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

There could be an unusual sight at Lane Stadium this week: empty seats
There could be an unusual sight at Lane Stadium this week: empty seats. (USATSI)

This weekend's game between Virginia Tech and Western Carolina may be a bit more significant than you would think at first glance. While the Hokies are heavy favorites to win, the school is expecting one loss in the game.

Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver believes Saturday's game will mark the end of Lane Stadium's 93-game sellout streak.

“I think the sellout streak will end against Western Carolina,” said Weaver during his weekly radio show.

The last game to take place at Lane Stadium that wasn't a sellout was a 47-7 win over Rutgers on November 21, 1998. Then the place was sold out for a 36-32 loss to Virginia a week later and games have been sold out ever since.

As for why the streak may be coming to an end now, there are likely a lot of factors. Attendance at college football games is down all over the country, but the Hokies are also coming off of a disappointing 7-6 season. Combine that with a season-opening loss to Alabama and the fact this game is against Western Carolina -- the Catamounts just aren't the draw they used to be -- and general fan apathy is to be expected.

The only way the Hokies can fix that is the same way any team fixes it: win.

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