Earlier this month, it was announced that Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg have prohibited tailgating ahead of sports events for this school year.
While many were saddened by the news, the town council and Virginia Tech felt that this was the best option to ensure that COVID-19 does not continue to spread unabated.
“What we’re really focusing on with these regulations, whether it’s the ban on tailgating, or limiting groups of people, or closing bars at midnight, is to prevent people from gathering in groups so that we can keep coronavirus under control,” said Vice Mayor of Blacksburg, Michael Sutphin.
Of course, some of the most disheartened about the prohibition of tailgating has been the Virginia Tech students, to whom tailgating is a serious tradition. Despite being disheartened, however, they do understand the importance of the decision.
“I mean, like, I’m pretty upset about it, personally. Like, I thought I would be able to make a lot of friends, and, you know, have fun with my friends, as well. But, I mean, just to play it safe, obviously, it’s the best the situation has to offer,” said Freshman Mario Gonzalez.
In lieu of traditional tailgating, fans have instead been asked to “homegate,” so that they can still enjoy themselves while also keeping themselves and other Hokie fans safe.