Since 1894, the Drillfield has been the site of cadet maneuvers, sporting events, demonstrations, and displays of campus unity.
An oval-shaped, grassy stretch of land bordered by trees, Virginia Tech's Drillfield serves as the center of the Blacksburg campus and remains one of the most unique and storied locations at the university. Thousands of people come into contact with the Drillfield each day, students and faculty rushing to class crossing paths with visitors strolling around the central campus. Most of these individuals know that the Drillfield is an integral part of the Virginia Tech experience.
Future of the Drillfield
The university is working to develop a Drillfield Master Plan, the goal of which is to preserve the beauty of the area while making it a more usable space. In addition to addressing the pathways, the master plan will address significant changes to the field turf, seating opportunities, crosswalks and lighting, improved amenities (including wi-fi), and landscaping.
As part of the initiative, 14 different materials have been temporarily installed on two pedestrian pathways on the Drillfield. The materials are being considered for permanent installation. During the 2015-16 academic year, the university sought feedback from the community and monitor performance of the materials, which include synthetic and stabilized turf, asphalt, and a combination of elements of concrete, gravel, and pavers in various colors and patterns.