LancerLot was an indoor arena located in Vinton, Virginia. The arena first opened in 1984. The roof of structure started to give way during a snow storm March 13, 1993 during a game. The building was ordered evacuated and the roof collapsed later that night. The team was then forced to finish the season on the road with borrowed equipment for its final game. The Virginia Tech Hokies club hockey team was a tenant in the arena until the collapse, They would return to the arena for the 2018-19 season. The facility had opened a second sheet of ice in 2017.
Arena collapse[edit | edit source]
Weather eventually played a factor into the Rampage only lasting one season. On March 13, 1993, the Rampage were trailing the Richmond Renegades 6-2 with 6:03 left in the second period. Officials decided to call the game due to structural damage to the LancerLot Arena. A beam supporting the arena started to buckle due to the 16 inches (40 cm) of snow on the roof and 40 mph (65 kmph) winds outside. All 63 fans (believed to also be an ECHL record for lowest paid attendance) were told to leave the arena, along with officials, players, coaches, and arena employees. This decision was fully vindicated when later that night the roof of the arena collapsed completely under the weight of the snow.