Freshmen are not eligible to purchase season football tickets, but there are always ways to make it to the game.
The most common way is through the lottery. The lottery opens on hokietickets.com two weeks before the game, and you simply enter your PID and password to enter. If you won a ticket, you will get an email with a link to a page to print and bring to the Cassell Coliseum ticket window to pick up tickets. Keep in mind that you have only a certain number of days to claim your seat.
If your friends also won tickets, you can go Cassell together and get seats together. However, only groups of up to 30 can sit together.
If you do not win, or simply forgot to sign up, there is usually a second or third round of the lottery tickets given out for the unclaimed seats.
There are other ways to get tickets, but the lottery is the only guaranteed free option. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, who can buy season tickets, sometimes sell their seats on Craigslist.com or Facebook groups. Find pages like “Virginia Tech Class of 2016” or “Virginia Tech – Free and For Sale” to track these tickets down.
A last resort method is to purchase from scalpers, who sell tickets outside of the gates at every game. This is usually the most expensive option.
If you have family or friends in town and you want to get tickets for everyone, make sure you pay close attention to the type of tickets you’re buying. If you buy student tickets, you can only get in the gates with a Hokie Passport. Your best option for buying non-student tickets will be through places like StubHub or Craigslist (and with Craigslist make sure you double check with the seller).
If you win a lottery ticket but cannot go for some reason, keep in mind that selling it is against the rules and can ban you from all future lotteries.