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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Will Lane be done in time?

To turn our attention to the truly important, concerns are growing about the Lane Stadium expansion project. From yesterday's Roanoke Times:

"I don't know what they mean by delay," Gabbard said. "If they mean that the stadium isn't going to be done on [contracted date] Aug. 8, then they're probably pretty close to right, although it's too soon to tell.

"If they think for a minute that the stadium won't be done by opening day, then there is no indication at all that that's going to happen."

Whew. That's a relief. Because the Hokies are supposed to be pretty good this year, and, well, it'd be nice if they had a stadium to play in by Sept. 17, when they host Ohio in their first home game.

The public's questions are understandable. People drive by the stadium on a hot July day, check out that gaping hole right smack dab in the middle of the structure and immediately think, "No way they're finishing that thing in time."

Gabbard gets that. And he admits he has daily concerns that some unforeseen problem could arise that would disrupt the mad dash toward completion. But concern should be expected when you're overseeing the most costly capital undertaking in campus history, a $52.5 million project to upgrade Lane's west side, and thousands of rabid Tech fans are counting down to kickoff.
So officially, VT recognizes that the project will miss its completion date, but they're still hopeful that things will be done by the first game.

In the meantime, various VT fans are insisting on the From the Techsideline message board that at least some portion of the "gameday operations" will not be finished by the first football game.

From photos taken on Monday, it sure looks like a lot is left to be done.


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