The playing surface of Worsham Field was resodded in the summer of 1995 with a certified Vamont Bermuda grass that is a cold-weather strain. The grass was specifically cultivated to enhance playing conditions. The grass was researched at Virginia Tech and used by the University of Richmond and Virginia last season.
On Sept. 22, 1994, Tech won its 100th game in Lane Stadium in memorable fashion before a national television audience on ESPN with a 34-6 win over BIG EAST rival West Virginia. Tech's overall record at Lane Stadium is 106 wins, 54 losses and six ties. The Hokies are 31-18-1 during coach Frank Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech and more impressively, are 14-3 the last three seasons.
On Sept. 5, 1992, Worsham Field was officially dedicated in honor of Wes and Janet Worsham, longtime Hokie supporters from Kilmarnock, Va. The Worshams pledged $1 million to the university's Second Century Campaign. The Campaign raised over $18.6 million, almost $1.7 million more than the original goal, thanks to the support of people like the Worshams.
Lane Stadium, featuring a modern lighting system and a seating capacity of 50,000, ranks as one of the nation's finest collegiate football facilities. The stadium is named for the late Edward H. Lane, a graduate of the university and a former member of the Board of Visitors. Lane headed an educational foundation project which raised more than $3 million for the original construction. Lane's personal donation was the first received by the fund.
The original cost was $3.5 million, compared with $3.2 million spent for the most recent addition. The stadium's original capacity was 40,000, but an addition completed in 1980 raised that number to 52,500. Since then, however, the relocation of bleacher seats has reduced the total capacity to 50,000.
Original construction of Lane Stadium began in April, 1964, and was completed four years later. The Hokies did not wait for completion, playing their first varsity game in the stadium on Oct. 2, 1965. Tech defeated William and Mary, 9-7, that day with only the west stands and the center section of the east bleachers completed. Official dedication ceremonies took place Oct. 23 before a 22-14 win over Virginia.
Before moving to Lane Stadium, Tech played its home games in Miles Stadium, which had a seating capacity of 17,000. The late Stuart K. Cassell proposed the new stadium as a part of a general plan for a number of new facilities for the university.
Through the years, the stadium has seen several changes and renovations. In 1982, a modern lighting system was added to the facility. The system was first used in Tech's nationally-televised 21-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over Virginia. It was the first-ever nationally-televised game from Lane Stadium.
Prior to the 1989 season, Lane Stadium underwent further improvements. Tech received a donation of 16 flags with the "VT" logo for the stadium. Lane Stadium also received a new paint job which included the addition of maroon and orange stripes around the inner walls of the facility.
In 1991, a new scoreboard bearing the school and BIG EAST Football Conference logos replaced the old scoreboard at the south end of the stadium while a new auxiliary scoreboard was placed at the north end. In the spring of 1994, renovations were completed on seven lower sections of the east stands. Renovations included replacing concrete risers and the addition of wheelchair seating. Before the 1994 season, plaques bearing the retired jerseys of Tech heroes Bruce Smith, Carroll Dale, the late Frank Loria and Jim Pyne were added to the wall in the north end zone.
BIG EAST Conference affiliation has benefited the Hokie football team by drawing enthusiastic crowds to Lane Stadium/Worsham Field that have helped the Techmen to some big wins during their resurgence under Frank Beamer. Tech set a single-season attendance record in 1994 by averaging 46,383 spectators per contest.
With the help of extra bleacher seating, the 1990 season finale with Virginia drew 54,157 spectators, the largest crowd ever to see a football contest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hopefully, the 1996 home schedule will be just as successful in drawing big crowds to Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - home of the Hokies.
Source: Virginia Tech Sports Information Office
On June 17, 2000 Daryl Lamb (Class of 1973 and Hokie Fan) wrote: Please note that Lane Stadium is currently undergoing the first phase of a
major three-phase expansion that will increase the facility's capacity to approximately 67,000 by 2002. Currently the North end zone seating is being expanded to 5,000 which will "bowl in" that end of the stadium. This work should be completed in time for the 2000 season opener on August 27th. For the 2000 season the stadium will have a capacity of 55,000. In 2001 11,900 seats will be added to the South end zone which will complete Lane Stadium's bowl configuration. The net gain in seating will be about 10,000 since 1,500 older bleacher seats currently in the South end zone will be removed. For the 2001 season the capacity is expected to be about 65,000. The South end zone expansion will also include new visitor locker rooms and press facilities (including photo darkroom) as well as a number of other amenities. In 2002 the stadium press box will renovated and expanded, and 1,500 to 2,000 luxury boxes will be added. When completed, the structure will stretch along the entire length of the West stands. The press box will be eight stories high. For the 2002 season, Lane Stadium will seat between 66,000 and 67,500.