by Andy Hilton, recruit757
According to a Virginian-Pilot report, the Monarchs are now the kings of football sellouts in the Commonwealth. Virginia Tech did not sell out their home game against Western Carolina last Saturday, so the crown goes to ODU.
Virginia Tech had sold out 93 consecutive games at Lane Stadium going into last weekend. The Hokies drew 61,355 fans to their game against WCU, when Lane Stadium has a capacity of 65,632.
Foreman Field/S.B. Ballard Stadium has a capacity of 20,068 and has been sold out for every game in the history of the young ODU Football program. The Monarchs have sold out 29 games in a row coming into the season and they play their first home game of the year this Saturday when they host Howard. That game is a sell out, extending their streak to 30 sellouts in a row.
Since the popularity of ODU Football is at an all-time high and a stadium expansion or new stadium build is only on the drawing board at this point, additional capacity for ODU home games is not expected in the next couple of years. That should guarantee that the Monarchs hold onto the sellout streak for quite some time.
The ODU Board of Visitors was recently presented a plan that would place a new stadium on campus at the location of the current Powhatan Apartments, at the back of the ODU campus. Seating capacity for the new stadium is projected to be 30,000. Home games against prominent ACC opponents are already on the schedule, and a full C-USA schedule is on the docket for next year. The Monarchs are scheduled to host NC State in 2015 and Virginia Tech in 2018. The proposed new stadium is planned to be ready for the 2017 season.
– Andy Hilton