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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2012
Montgomery County, Virginia
Economic Development Department
Montgomery County, Virginia – According to a recent survey of over 50,000 USA Today readers, Blacksburg is the No. 2 "Best College Football" Town in America. Home of the Virginia Tech Hokies, Blacksburg was one of 15 college towns included in the survey, all of which were nominated by five sportswriters and broadcasters. Madison, WI. – home of the University of Wisconsin – took home the top spot with Athens, Ga. (University of Georgia), Columbia, S.C. (University of South Carolina), and South Bend, Ind. (University of Notre Dame) rounding out the top five.
Rece Davis, host of ESPN's "College Football Final" nominated Blacksburg for the USA Today reader survey with the following quote:
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, Blacksburg is "a beautiful college town setting. Tailgate parties dot virtually every open space around Lane Stadium, and there's a real sense of hospitality toward visitors - at least until the game starts." The Hokies roaring onto the field to the strains of Metallica's heavy metal song Enter Sandman makes kickoff "seem almost anticlimactic. It is one of the best scenes in college football."
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field – home of Hokie football – is recognized as one of the best venues in all of college football. The stadium has been lauded as the:
No. 2 “Scariest Venue for Opposing Teams” – ESPN The Magazine 2007
No. 7 “Loudest College Football Stadium” – Beacher Report, 2011
No. 6 "College Football Stadium and Tailgates Fans Should Visit Before
They Die" – Bleacher Report, 2011
No. 1 "Home Field Advantages in College Football” – Rivals.com, 2005
The USA Today recognition isn’t the first sports related accolade received by Blacksburg. In 2011, Sporting News ranked it the No. 57 “Best Sports City” in North America. Among cities without a professional sports team, Blacksburg ranked No. 9 on the list.
Located in Montgomery County, Virginia, Blacksburg is more than just a great college football town. It is a "best place" in the U.S. to "raise a family" (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011), to "live and launch" a business (CNN Money, 2007) and to "retire" (U.S. News and World Report, 2010).
You'd think our Admin would see that the SEC would only enhance this, right?
We got a link for this or what?
What does Rayner think? That's all that matters.
Columbia? I did not like Columbia as a city when I went to visit a friend at USC. I had a great time, but though it was too spread out and pretty crappy overall.
The link will say the same thing that I copied and pasted but here you go.
And don't forget Blacksburg was voted "Best College Town in the South" in 2011 by Southern Living readers. Blacksburg's been gettin' some love here recently.
This post was edited by Kyle Bailey 16 months ago
Blacksburg has grown so much since I first have solid memories of it... which was around '95... Christiansburg too, the whole NRV really.
Sorry wrong thread.
This post was edited by TheCount42 16 months ago
'95? Should have been around in the Stone Age like I was.
No Deitrick, Cowgill, Derring, Field House, McBride, Slusher, Vet School, Book Store, etc, etc.
Miles was the Athletic Dorm, then moved to Hillcrest (the Skirt Barn). Lane seated about 35,000.
There was no I-81 up C'Burg mountain and the only fast food joint was a Ray's King Burger.
Shopped for groceries at Radford Brothers.
You are absolutely right that it has changed enormously since '95, but compared to late 60's, early 70's it is like a time warp. Heck, we even have women at VT now rather than having to go to Radford.
This post was edited by TONGO75 16 months ago
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