Built at a total cost $3.5 million, the sports venue was the work of two architectural firms: Carneal and Johnston and Smithey and Boynton. The general contractor was Dobyns, Inc. Lane Stadium boasts an impressive 65,632 seating capacity. Since its construction, the venue has expanded four times and renovated in 2006. Through it all, it has been highly regarded as one of the finest places to observe a college football game.
Lane Stadium is also known for its distinct home field advantage. In 2005, Lane Stadium was rated the number one home field advantage in all of college football by Rivals.com. In 2008, Lane Stadium was ranked #2 on ESPN.com's Top 10 Scariest Places To Play. It also carries the distinction as being one of the loudest stadiums in the country.
On October 2, 1965, Virginia Tech played their first game in the stadium against William and Mary, winning by a margin of 9-7. Their first televised game came on October 29, 1966, when they beat Florida State 23-21. Their first ESPN game occurred on November 24, 1990, in a win against in-state rivals Virginia 38-13. The Hokies have gone 196-69-6. During the last 19 seasons, however, the Hokies have gone 105-18.
Many NFL players have played for the Hokies over the years at Lane Stadium. Some great offensive players include Logan Thomas, Tyrod Taylor, Michael Vick, Brandon Ore, David Wilson, Ryan Williams, Jarrett Boykin, Danny Coale, Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal, Jake Grove, Matt Lehr, and Derek Smith. Some defensive players include Jayron Hosley, Cody Grimm, Victor Harris, Brandon Flowers, Jimmy Williams, Darryl Tapp, DeAngelo Hall, Willie Pile, Rashad Carmichael, and Rick Razzano.