Where Does Virginia Tech fall on one National CFB Writers Gameday Traditions?

Where should Virginia Tech land on a ranking of best gameday traditions for college football?
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We are just under four months away from the 2024 college football season. It can’t get here quickly enough. This season as they did last season, Virginia Tech will open the campaign by playing their four non-conference games before they begin their eight-game ACC slate on Sept. 27 in South Florida against Miami, followed by a trip to new conference member Stanford.

The Hokies will play their first home game inside Lane Stadium on Sept. 7 when they welcome in Marshall nearly a year after the Thundering Hurd took down Virginia Tech last season at home. Virginia Tech fans have that game and the other five circled on their calendar as one of the six best pregame traditions. But according to one writer, where exactly does Hokie Nation fit on the list of the top gameday traditions in the country?

Virginia Tech comes in the Top 5 for gameday traditions

According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, Blacksburg ranks in the Top 5 of gameday traditions around the country, coming in at No. 4. Is that too low or too high?

"Since 2000, Virginia Tech has used the Metallica song "Enter Sandman" as its entrance theme at home games. The custom started when the stadium installed a new scoreboard, and the team debated between using Guns 'N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and the Alan Parsons Project's "Sirius" before settling on this famed tune. "Enter Sandman" is now "the unofficial theme of the Virginia Tech athletic department" and electrifies the atmosphere in Lane Stadium every year."

Brad Crawford

In my opinion, yes I know a biased one, there is not a better gameday entrance when a team takes the field than Enter Sandman. Whether you’re inside Lane Stadium, outside Lane Stadium, or at home witnessing it through a TV, name a better entrance than that. You can’t.

Four seems rather low, but one thing is true, Virginia Tech’s entrance can be an intimidating one for opposing teams.