For students at Virginia Tech, the Metallica song “Enter Sandman” has become an important staple in how they celebrate their sports. In particular, it has become a very popular means to kick off Hokies games; the Hokies are the school’s woman’s basketball team.
The song is played at the beginning of each Hokies game, but at a recent event, the song was banned; that said, Hokies fans found an interesting and memorable workaround in regard to this ban.
Per USA Today, the song was banned because the NCAA wants to keep host sites part of tournaments “neutral”; this recent game took place at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum, and if the school were to play their hype song (“Enter Sandman”), they could be fined by the NCAA.
But Hokies fans weren’t going to let this ban stop them from championing their team.
While the song itself could not be played over the speakers, the students of Virginia Tech came together in the stands and started chanting the lyrics to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
Per the video footage that has been uploaded of this moment, it is truly epic to hear and see these fans come together and celebrate their team by singing some Metallica. This chanting of “Enter Sandman” also ended up happening again at another game.
Below, you will find two videos, one for each game where Hokies fans sang the lyrics to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
— Riley Wyant (@rileywyantTV) March 17, 2023
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