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June 10, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have reached a five-year agreement that will move the men’s basketball games between the two schools from neutral sites to on-campus arenas four of the next five years.

The two state schools will begin the agreement this coming season with a game on Jan. 24, 2000 in Richmond during the Commonwealth’s legislative session. The games will move to campus sites beginning with the 2000-2001 season when the Hokies host the Cavaliers in Cassell Coliseum the Friday night before the UVa-Tech football game. The date for the football game has not been announced.

Tech is scheduled to play in Charlottesville during the 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 seasons, while the Cavaliers will return to Blacksburg in the 2002-2003 season.

“I am very pleased that the student bodies of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia will be able to participate in the men’s basketball games on campus four out of the next five years,” said Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. “Terry Holland and I have worked very closely together to make this a reality.”

“There were advantages to the neutral site arrangement in that fans from other areas were provided a chance to see the teams in person,” said Holland, Virginia’s director of athletics. “But this is a good compromise arrangement that allows us to evaluate campus sites.”

Officials for the games will be a blended crew made up of officials who work in both of the teams’ leagues.

Tech and Virginia have not met on campus in men’s basketball since Feb. 25, 1976, when the Cavaliers defeated Tech, 79-75, in double-overtime at University Hall in Charlottesville. The last game between the two schools in Blacksburg was played Jan. 11, 1975, with the Hokies taking a 75-74 decision. Virginia Tech and Virginia have met 28 times at neutral sites since 1976.

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