What are the top reasons to be a Hokies fan? We reached out to 10 local Virginia Tech alumni/fans to find out what it is that makes the Hokies fan base so popular. We found out that whether you went to VT or not, you will be welcomed into the Hokie community. If your school didn’t have a football team, or if you’re new to the area and trying to meet people, or maybe you just want to get in on the fun, here’s why fans say you should pick the Hokies as your #1 team!
Name: Matt Klinefelter
Year graduated: 2008
Profession: Management Consultant at Deloitte
Reason 1: Being a Hokies fan is about being part of something much bigger. It’s about camaraderie, community, and instantly having a connection with fellow Hokies. We share a strong sense of pride in who we are and what we stand for. We look out for each other, we support each other, and we know how to have a good time.
Name: Chase Damiano
Year graduated: 2011
Reason 2: The passion of the fans is really something one needs to experience. The zeal for the university is palpable in the air every time the Hokies are playing!
Name: Brent Blevins
Year Graduated: 2003 and 2005
Profession: Congressional Staffer
Reason 3: Anyone who has visited Blacksburg can attest that it is the quintessential college town. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the campus is one of the most beautiful in America and hosts one of the best college game day experiences anywhere. I grew up 45 minutes from Blacksburg and have witnessed the evolution of our football program over the last 25 years. It’s been enjoyable for me to see the development and growth of our fan base into one of the most passionate and knowledgeable fan bases in college football. It’s been neat to have been part of that development and to be a part of that community. Coach Beamer has developed a program that always competes and he’s done so without a hint of the impropriety you see at so many big-time programs these days. If you can’t root for a program like that, who can you root for?
Name: Brittney Papke
Year Graduated: 2010 with an MBA
Profession: I work for the State Department and will be deploying to the Iraqi Embassy this fall.
Reason 4: The camaraderie and school spirit. Hokies are the nicest and most respectful fans and friends I’ve ever had. It’s not just a Hokie nation, it’s a Hokie world!
Name: Jon Tremonte
Year graduated: 2005
Reason 5: Enter Sandman. Google Enter Sandman fourth quarter Miami 2011…if you don’t get goose bumps after watching that video (I’m getting them while typing!) you do not have a pulse.
Name: Meghan Kelleher
Year graduated: 2008
Reason 6: The fun of being a Hokies fan is that you are part of a big group. Even if you didn’t go to VT you will feel a part of the community. It’s a really nice community to be a part of and there’s a lot of great energy. As far as game day traditions I like to put on all the maroon and orange I have and it’s fun to be at the bars cheering on the team with everyone.
Name: Jamie Drysdale
Year you graduated: 2009
Profession: Functional Analyst
Reason 7: Being a Hokies fan immediately makes you part of something special. Even if you didn’t attend Virginia Tech, just stepping foot in Blacksburg is a life-changing experience. Nowhere else in the country is there such a large group of people who feel more like family. Hokies welcome everyone with open arms (as long as you’re not rooting against us!) and will always offer their drinks/food/fun to another Hokie. You can be on the other side of the country and see someone in a Virginia Tech shirt and immediately walk up to them and bond over your shared passion for the orange and maroon. Being a Hokie fan makes this huge, complicated world seem a little smaller. It also makes football season a hell of a lot more fun!
Name: Brylee Baugh
Year Graduated: 2008
Profession: Cytogenetic Technologist at Quest Diagnostics
Reason 8: There’s nothing that compares to our entire stadium jumping up and down to Enter Sandman while the football team makes their entrance onto the field. It’s my favorite part of the game, I never miss it!
Name: Alan Ma
Year graduated: 2008
Profession: Information Assurance / Computer Solutions, Owner
Reason 9: I went to VT for the experience of a division 1 football program with live Hokie play by play action. I also joined for the leadership experience in the Corps, and the opportunity to have a different college experience. As a graduate I continue to show the spirit of our school by continuing to wear our colors at Capital Area Alumni events such as flag football, and support our team as we win our Fairfax Athletics league co-ed championships playing defensive back. I look forward to supporting the area along with VTAA as I continue living up to the example of Ut Prosim.
Name: John Frey
Year Graduated: Hokie Parent, son Will Frey graduated in 2011 –BA with Honors in Physics and Mathematics
Reason 10: Sorry Mr. Shakespeare; there is no ‘to be or not to be’. Once a Hokie – Always a Hokie. As a Hokie Dad, I’ve become part of an extended family that is second to none in showing pride, enthusiasm and solidarity. Hokie pride goes far and wide beyond Blacksburg and Lane. We are all involved in Inventing the Future – and I’m just glad I found my place with Tech.
The Hokie Nation has a strong presence throughout the country, with at least one local alumni chapter in each state. So, for the fans unable to attend games in person you are bound to find a local Hokie hangout in your community which will undoubtedly see a substantial Virginia Tech crowd on game days.
If you’re looking for a place to watch the games nearby, the VTAA NCR Chapter has named the following locations as official viewing locations:
Bailey’s Pub & Grille: 4238 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Virginia 22203; 703-465-1300
Greene Turtle: 900 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington VA 22203; 703-741-0901
Hard Times Cafe: 3028 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201; 703-528-2233
Velocity Five Sports Restaurant – Centreville: 5825 Trinity Pkwy. Centreville, VA 20120; 703-825-7080;
Velocity Five Sports Restaurant – Fall Church: 8111 Lee Hwy. Falls Church, VA 22042; 703-207-9464
For more information, visit www.dchokies.org.