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Game ends before it starts

The Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech football teams were no match for Mother Nature on August 27.

Just as Virginia Tech was preparing to kick off in the first game of its much anticipated 2000 season, lightning struck nearby, rain started to fall, and referees hustled both teams off the field. Fans also fled for shelter.

Fans, players, coaches, referees, and the broadcast crew from ESPN2 waited for an hour while the skies opened up. But with weather radar showing more strong storms rolling in, officials called the game before it ever started. Later, both schools decided not to reschedule the game.

No one was hurt by lightning, but one fan suffered a broken leg and others were bruised as people rushed for dry territory beneath both sides of the stadium. One vehicle, a rental car driven by ESPN commentator Lee Corso, was hit by the lightning minutes after he had picked Florida State and Kansas State for the national championship game.

Since the storm, university officials have been reviewing existing evacuation plans of Lane Stadium.

Lane Stadium, fireworks