Drillfield site for celebration tent
By Terry McGuire
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 06 - October 1, 1998
The big top is coming to town, and it's setting up shop smack dab on the Drillfield.
This is not your everyday canvas held aloft by a big wooden pole; it's a 100 by 200-foot, transparent tent, with a carpeted floor and a seating capacity of 750. It will serve as Virginia Tech's unique venue for celebrating the successful finish of the Campaign for Virginia Tech, the university's six-year, comprehensive fund-raising effort.
Hundreds of donors, whose generosity helped push the campaign well beyond its $250-million goal, will be returning to campus for the celebration festivities that will be held under the tent on the evening of October 9. They will be joined by a number of faculty members and students who will also be participating in the event.
The tent will be located directly opposite Eggleston Hall, on the War Memorial side of the Drillfield. The tent's raising, the placement of the floor, and other necessary work will begin on Friday, Oct. 2 and are scheduled for completion by Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Mary Grace Theodore, manager of special events for the university, said the flurry of activity will create little inconvenience for the university community and for others on campus. "On October 9, the day of the event, parking around the Drillfield will be prohibited after 5 p.m.," she said. "Signs will be posted reminding everyone of these restrictions. Except for Friday evening, there will be no other restrictions of pedestrian or vehicular traffic."
Theodore said the tent will be removed over the weekend and that the Drillfield will be back to normal on Monday, Oct. 12.