by Luis Collazo–
Before the Hokies kicked off their game against the Boston College Eagles, the team hosted Special Spectators in a tour of Lane Stadium and the newly renovated Merryman Athletic Center.
Special Spectators is a non-profit organization that partners with local children hospitals to provide day for select children and their families. Usually the families are invited to a nearby university for a tour of facilities and a game day experience. This is not the First time Special Spectators have been involved with Virginia Tech. The first time was earlier this year, when families visited for the home game against the Clemson Tigers on Feb. 6.
On Sept. 17, these visiting families had access to all things Virginia Tech. They began their day with Virginia Tech Football by touring the radio booth to get a bird’s eye view and see what the Hokies’ play-by-play team sees during a home game.
Next the families were taken to the Merryman Athletic Center where they were greeted by Virginia Tech Head Coach Justin Fuente and were allowed to explore the newly renovated lobby that now houses jerseys of former Tech football stars, along with trophies from past bowl games.
The tour then took everyone outside onto the practice field, down through the tunnel and out onto Worsham Field where they were able to be a part of Tech’s pre-game warm-up routine before the Eagles took the field.
Finally the day that was filled with meeting new faces and experiencing what Virginia Tech was like on game day was capped off by the Hokies 49-0 shutout of the Eagles.