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South Carolina Ups Football Season-Ticket Prices To Help Fund New Facilities
Published March 1, 2013
BLACKSBURG SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT: In Virginia, David Teel noted Virginia Tech's run of 11 straight years of hosting at least one Thursday night game will end this season "at athletic director Jim Weaver's request to the ACC and ESPN." Weaver said, "Thursday nights have been great for us. But it just wasn't fair to have a game every year where so many fans couldn't come and had to sell their tickets." Teel noted the move "was not a case of ESPN or the ACC bypassing Tech after its 7-6 season last year." Weaver: "It was simply a request on behalf of our fans, something I thought we needed to do to say 'thank you' to them for being so good to us on Thursday nights over the years." He added that the "logistical challenges of clearing campus early for weekday home games played no role in the decision." The request was for '13 "only." Weaver: "I think we'll have a home Thursday night game next year" (DAILYPRESS.com, 2/26). Weaver in making the decision "didn't solicit input from athletic department officials or survey firms." He said that he "received only a handful of letters or emails from fans complaining about the number of non-Saturday games" (ROANOKE.com, 2/26).