See Va. Tech ‘Enter Sandman’ pregame ritual, on equipment that measures earthquakes

Noise is a part of life. Sometimes it’s annoying. And sometimes people revel in it.

Virginia Tech football fans are the latter.

With almost 70,000 fans in Lane Stadium, in Blacksburg, Virginia, for the Hokies’ game against North Carolina, the excitement was palpable.

The playing of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica has been a pregame ritual since 2000.

The crowd begins cheering and stomping as the guitar riff begins. The team waits in the tunnel, during the crescendo of the song. At the proper moment, the Hokies storm the field, while the crowd erupts.

While ESPN announcers described the excitement at Lane Stadium, the nearby Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory documented it, on equipment used to measure earthquakes. A Reddit user posted the readings on the discussion website.

The tweet was posted by The Outsider:

Okay, it wasn’t exactly an earthquake. But the seismograph readings from the Blacksburg, Virginia campus of Virginia Tech reveal some serious ground shakin’ action. We’re not pretending to be experts at reading seismographs here at Outsider, but that green blip is hard to miss.

Virginia Tech beat 10th-ranked North Carolina, 17-10.


Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a general assignment reporter with WTOP since 1997. He says he looks forward to coming to work every day, even though that means waking up at 3:30 a.m.

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