inside.hokiesports.com 23 ATHLETICSANNUALREPORT BRAND NEW DIGS The living experience for Virginia Tech student-athletes has never been better. The Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall (above) opened to students in August 2021, housing a large number of underclassmen student-athletes. This 232,000 square foot facility comes complete with floor to ceiling windows, large meeting rooms, and personal bathrooms for residents. Student-athletes cohabitate the new residence hall with three living/learning communities, giving the Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall a population of over 600 Hokies. JUMPING FOR THE FUTURE Cassell Coliseum is one of the hardest places to play in the country. Virginia Tech Athletics has plans to update the venue while also maintaining its intimidating reputation. A new glass entrance on Washington Street, expanded concourses, and added premium seating options are some of the major plans in the $75 million project to renovate the building originally built in 1962 (below). In addition to Cassell, plans are underway for the renovation of the locker rooms in the Hahn-Hurst Basketball Practice Facility for both the men’s and women’s programs. These locker rooms are currently the main meeting and bonding place of both teams, and the generous support of donors has allowed this space to be an updated home for basketball student-athletes. Tony Robie and Virginia Tech Wrestling will get to enjoy an updated home as well. The program had their locker room updated in 2021 and will get to utilize a recovery area that is currently being constructed. This area will be an important place for wrestling student-athletes to physically recuperate after demanding practices, workouts, and matches. Hokies Baseball will be able to further build on their momentum with a new pitching lab. Set to stand right behind the left field wall at Atlantic Union Bank Park, this nearly $1 million project will let the pitching staff develop their craft with the most updated technology available.