Virginia Tech Basketball Fans Stick It To NCAA By Singing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”

Virginia Tech Basketball Fans Stick It To NCAA By Singing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”

Virginia Tech has unofficially adopted Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for some of their home sporting events. 

The crowd for the Hokies football team once chanted the song so loud that it actually registered on a seismograph. The crowd, quite literally, went apesh*t singing the tune during a 2021 game against the UNC Tarheels. 

Metallica’s James Hetfield said around that time: “Even just talking about it, I get goosebumps. It was spectacular. The VT game, everyone jumping. I mean the military, the crowd, the team. I mean, everybody. And I tell you, it has been an eight year kind of progression with it, but to be a part of their lives, to be a part of their team, and to pump people up with that, there’s no way.”

“We can sit and try to write something that, ‘Oh, we need a song to pump the crowd up.’ … you can try to do that, but it’s not gonna work. It’s just not. So all of these things happen for a reason. It was out of our hands, out of our control. I mean, those fans of Virginia Tech, they’re the ones that made that. I mean, they needed that. So they found our song and we’re grateful for that. So we’re grateful.”

The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team wasn’t allowed to play the song during their March Madness games, because the NCAA wants to treat the games as a “neutral event,” meaning they don’t want the home team to have more of an advantage than they already do. 

Well, Virginia Tech fans couldn’t be bothered with that, as the Hokies crowd chanted the song during a recent game anyway. 

NBC 12 weekend news anchor Riley Wyant posted video of the chant, saying “Let me clarify here- Virginia Tech hosted this Women’s NCAA Tournament game as a ‘neutral site.”

“So, the NCAA said the Hokies would be fined if they played their traditional ‘Enter Sandman’ entrance. So yes, the song was banned for this instance but not for usual home games.”

B.J. LISKO
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