Sep 6, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; members of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrate with their fans after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Virginia Tech won the game 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Within most collegiate sports fan bases, basketball is the sport that usually dominates talk among fans this during the winter months though the level of dominance can depend on that program’s success.
In Blacksburg much of the focus is on basketball and the program that Buzz Williams is building. Of course, there is some fan interest in the tremendous success that the Virginia Tech wrestling program has had.
Now, the wrestling program gets a week on the big stage at a unique venue and in the minds of fans.
For those who may not already know, the Hokies’ wrestling program will be hosting their next three regular season matches away from Cassell Coliseum and at the spectacular Moss Arts Center. The Hokies’ first match against Virginia at the Moss Arts Center has already sold out with the other two matches having the potential to sell out as well.
Of course, the Moss Arts Center is home to musical and theatrical performances with much more reserved crowds. However, that will change for three days with a rowdy crowd of Virginia Tech wrestling fans ready to pack the Moss Arts Center.
This is a centerpiece for Virginia Tech wrestling that has gained attention from collegiate wrestling fans across the country. These matches are all against quality opponents, and are quality opportunities for the Hokies to prove that they can contend for a national title this season.
This is also a great way for the Hokies to make some money off of a non-revenue program while also offering fans a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
It will be interesting to see how fans enjoy this event though I would not expect their to be 3 wrestling matches at the Moss Arts Center next year. However, don’t be surprised if one big match gets the chance to shine on the stage at the Moss Arts Center on a yearly basis.
This is an extremely innovative an exciting event for not only Virginia Tech wrestling, but also for the whole Virginia Tech athletic department and Hokie Nation. Of course, this likely won’t be the last time the Hokies’ wrestling team takes the big stage in the minds of Hokie Nation.
Fans, get ready for a normally peaceful theatre to become a loud sports arena for a few days.
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