Virginia Tech to hold virtual Homecoming celebrations Oct. 11-17 due to coronavirus concerns

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Amid changes in the Virginia Tech football schedule — as well as other implications of the coronavirus pandemic — the university announced a week of virtual Homecoming events will take place in mid-October, allowing Hokies to join in the celebration from anywhere in the world.

According to Virginia Tech, the Homecoming celebration will kick off on Oct. 11 before culminating on Oct. 17, which is when the Hokies are set to play the Boston College Eagles.

“Students, alumni, community members, and friends can participate in Homecoming through a variety of virtual events,” the university said in a statement. “Going online means Homecoming can be celebrated by Hokies everywhere.”

The university says the student-led Homecoming Board and organizations across campus partner up to host a week of Homecoming events. However, instead of organizing on-campus in-person alumni events, school officials say they are planning digital alternatives this year.

Even though many traditional Homecoming celebrations will still take place, Virginia Tech says events — including the Homecoming’s Got Talent competition, an alumni panel, and a spirit day competition — will be virtual due to the risk posed by large, in-person gatherings.

This news comes after Virginia Tech announced changes to its football schedule, including the postponement of the traditional “Commonwealth Clash” due to COVID-19 concerns.

In addition, Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg recently prohibited fall tailgating in university and town parking lots and public spaces, instead promoting “homegating.”

While university and athletics officials will continue to use health guidelines to work through plans for the fall season, all Hokies are asked to do their part to keep the community safe and healthy.

Follow these links for more information on the virtual plans for Virginia Tech Homecoming 2020, as well as updates on Virginia Tech fall sports.

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