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Tailgating prohibited at Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg say tailgating will be prohibited in the fall in university- and town-owned parking areas.

The joint announcement was made Tuesday and applies to all fall athletic events at Virginia Tech.

The school says it will monitor all parking lots on game days and that university police will notify fans setting up tailgates that it is prohibited.

Town officials say they will enforce ordinances put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Those measures restrict gatherings of people, especially events in which participants are not wearing a mask or physically distant from others.

Wake Forest says it will open the football and fall sports season with no fans in attendance at home competitions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced the decision Tuesday.

The football team hosts No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 12 in its only home game for the month of September. The Demon Deacons travel to North Carolina State on Sept. 19, then face No. 10 Notre Dame in Charlotte on Sept. 26 before having an open week.

The school said no tailgating will be permitted in the areas and parking lots surrounding Truist Field when the Tigers visit.

Other sports impacted include men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball through the month of September.

The school said it would only sell individual-game tickets if fans are allowed to attend fall sporting events at a later date.

Fellow instate Atlantic Coast Conference schools Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State have all said they will open the fall sports season without fans in attendance at home events.

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