Cassell Coliseum History
When it comes to a home-court advantage, it's hard to top Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg,
Virginia, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Losing on their home floor is a rare occurrence for the Hokies, with many undefeated
and one-loss seasons in the arena's 50+ years. Cassell Coliseum was opened in 1962, replacing the aging War Memorial Coliseum
that had been the previous home of the Hokies. The Coliseum was officially branded the Cassell Coliseum in 1977, named after
beloved Virginia Tech alumnus Stuart Kent Cassell, who held many posts at the university including Chief Business Officer
and Vice President for Administration.
The "Cassell Guard", or the rambunctious Virginia Tech student section, is always
packed to the rafters, willing the Hokies to victory. Cassell Coliseum is the place to be to see some of the best college
basketball action in the country, and there is no shortage of amazing games on the schedule as the Hokies play tough ACC opponents
like Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Florida State and many, more. Come out and see the Hokies play at Cassell Coliseum
and you'll end up seeing what all the buzz is about, as this is a venue that has been a major tradition around the Virginia
Tech campus for a very long time, and that's not likely to change anytime in the near future.
The Hokies get to play plenty of other talented teams on a regular basis playing in arguably the very
best conference in the country. Look at the schedule and you'll see home games at Syracuse, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Duke,
North Carolina and plenty of others, giving fans plenty of reasons to put down the remote and head out to see what all the
buzz is about. College basketball remains one of the very best spectator sports that you're going to find anywhere, and that
fancy flatscreen just isn't going to do the Hokies justice as they look to shoot their way up the ACC standings this season.
When the game is on the line at Cassell Coliseum and the Hokies are looking to make one more big play to seal the deal, you'll
definitely be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else.
Cassell Coliseum Trivia
Did you know that the
first game played at Cassell Coliseum was played before the arena was even completed?
That's right, when the Virginia
Tech Hokies hosted the Alabama Crimson Tide on their new home floor on Jan. 3, 1962, Cassell Coliseum was still without its
bleachers and fans sat on the cement stairs to cheer their Hokies on to victory, beating the Crimson Tide 91-67 to usher in
the first of many Hokie victories in this incredible venue that has become a major staple of the Virginia Tech campus over
Cassell Coliseum Experience
With almost 10,000 seats, Cassell Coliseum is a flexible and spacious
venue for basketball games, ensuring fans excellent views of the court. Cassell Coliseum is known for its vaulted wood arches
and thunderous crowds, making it a must see college basketball venue. When the "Cassell Guard" gets rocking, there are very
few venues as intimidating to visiting teams as Cassell Coliseum. Once you're there sporting your favorite maroon and gold
gear and cheering on your team, you'll see why college basketball played at this level has such a reputation.