Virginia Tech Athletics is giving away football tickets to the first home game of the season.
Today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students can pick up free tickets on a first come, first served basis from Cassell Coliseum for Saturday’s game against Western Carolina University.
This decision follows a recent downward trend in ticket sales.
Although student tickets have been distributed for free in the past, including for the 2012 game against Austin Peay, many anticipate that this will be the first home game in 15 years that will not sell out.
"I think the sellout streak will end against Western Carolina," Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said Monday night on Tech Talk Live.
Lane Stadium has been sold out for 93 consecutive games, the third longest streak in the country, but recent moves to increase availability to freshmen indicates a possible change in this streak. For the first time in years, freshmen have been given the chance to purchase season tickets.