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Cassell Coliseum's leaks have been fixed

After water main bursts on Virginia Tech's campus left Cassell Coliseum without running water on Saturday, the leaks have been fixed, the water is running again and the arena is fully operational.

The Hokies (21-7, 8-6) host North Carolina State (16-13, 4-10) on Wednesday night in the final regular season game at Cassell Coliseum. And fans can rest easy knowing that when they, uh, gotta go, they will be able to use the arena's facilities. That was not the case over the weekend.

For Virginia Tech's meeting with Maryland, fans were directed to use restrooms in other campus facilities because three separate pipe breaks left Cassell Coliseum without running water.

"For this thing to happen just a few hours before a game is pretty huge," Kent Sheets, the facilities manager at Cassell Coliseum and its neighboring buildings, said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I don’t think it inconvenienced a lot of people; everything was cleaned up the next day. I think everything went pretty well."

The initial problem started when a catering truck ran over a fire hydrant around 1 p.m. That set off a chain reaction of water main breaks as a result of backed up pressure in the pipes.

Sheets said facilities employees worked until about 1 a.m. on Sunday to get everything fixed. The arena hosted the the regional Special Olympics during the daytime on Sunday; it was scheduled to be the site of basketball and powerlifting tournaments.

On Wednesday, Sheets said only a sidewalk near a side entrance to the building was still in disrepair. That walkway had to be removed brick by brick on Saturday in order to access the site of the third leak.

While Cassell Coliseum will be back to its old self on Wednesday night, Sheets said he was happy with how the situation was initially handled on Saturday afternoon.

"I think everything went pretty well considering there was no water for the game," Sheeta said. "The crowd was great and they handled it. Everything went all right. Except the final score."

Maryland defeated the Hokies, 104-100, in a double-overtime thriller.

By Mark Viera  |  March 3, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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