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Athletics Facility Policies

Scott Stadium, John Paul Jones Arena, Davenport Field, Klöckner Stadium, Lannigan Field, Memorial Gymnasium, Snyder Tennis Center, The Park and the University Hall Turf Field

Code of Conduct

University of Virginia athletics events should be an enjoyable experience for all guests. To help us reach this goal for fans, staff, and student-athletes, we ask for your assistance in displaying a high degree of sportsmanship at all times.

Prohibited Items

  • Artificial noisemakers^ - see exception below for men's and women's soccer matches 
  • Balls, Frisbees, lacrosse sticks, and similar items
  • Containers (including plastic or glass bottles, cans, coolers, or flasks)
  • Outside Food and Beverages
  • Strollers (except umbrella strollers) - prohibited at Scott Stadium & John Paul Jones Arena only
  • Umbrellas - prohibited at Scott Stadium only
  • Weapons
  • Drones or unmanned aircraft systems
  • Animals (with the exception of trained service animals on leashes for our guests with disabilities)
^For men's and women's soccer matches only, artificial noisemakers are allowed; however air horns, whistles, bullhorns or devices that amplify electric sound, including battery-operated devices, are prohibited.

*The University of Virginia reserves the right to prohibit any item deemed hazardous or disruptive to the athletics event or the enjoyment of the event by other guests.

All guests are subject to inspection and search for prohibited items.  Event staff reserves the right to examine the contents of bags, jackets, pockets, or any other personal item before admitting guests to the facility.  In order to expedite entrance into the facility, it is recommended that guests not bring bags to events and arrive early at the facility gates. 

Additional Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena Policies

Admission Policy (Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena)
All guests, including but not limited to ticketed patrons, UVA students, game day staff, student-athletes, coaches and support staff, are subject to inspection and search for prohibited items. Event staff will examine the contents of clear bags, jackets, pockets or any other personal item before admitting guests to the facility. In order to expedite entrance into the facility, it is recommended that all guests refrain from bringing bags to events and arrive early at the facility gates. Gates open 90 minutes prior to the start of home football games at Scott Stadium and home men's basketball games at John Paul Jones Arena. Gates open one hour before tip-off for home women's basketball games at John Paul Jones Arena.

Screening Policy (Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena)
Screening procedures will be in use at all entry gates. Walk-through and hand wand metal detectors will be the primary means of screening. For guests who are unable to utilize a walk-through metal detector for medical reasons, hand-held metal detectors will be used. Any person who does not consent to screening will be denied entry into the stadium.

Clear Bag Policy (Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena)
The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venue. One bag per person is allowed, but the bag must meet the following parameters:

• Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and may not exceed 12" x 6" x 12". Clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.
• Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand and no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (with or without a handle or strap) can be taken into the facility and will be subject to search.
• An exception will be made for items necessary for medical reasons after proper inspections at a gate designated for this purpose.
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: diaper bags, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Seat cushions and seat backs are permitted as long as they do not have pockets or are not in a carrying bag.

Items needed for small children must be in a clear bag that meet the stated dimensions.

Clear Bag Policy FAQs

Accessibility Accommodations
The University of Virginia provides accommodations for guests with disabilities at all athletics facilities.

Click here for information regarding accessible seating

Parking for guests with accessibility needs is available on a first-come, first served basis for all athletics events. For detailed parking locations, please click here.

Alcoholic beverages or containers of any kind are not permitted to enter athletics facilities. Intoxicated guests or persons identified with alcohol will be subject to removal from the facility.

Banners, Signs, and Flags
Banners, signs, and flags are allowed in athletics facilities provided they do not impede another guest's view of the competition, cover any facility signage, and/or are not attached to the facility. Banners, signs, and flags on poles or sticks are prohibited. Athletics Event Management reserves the right to remove any banner, sign, or flag that is in violation of the policy.

Cameras with lenses less than six inches are allowed, however flash photography and stands/tripods are prohibited.

Field/Court Access Prohibited
In accordance with Atlantic Coast Conference and University of Virginia policies, guests are prohibited from coming onto the field or court at any time. Only participants, coaches, officials, and authorized personnel shall be allowed in the competition area before, during, and at the conclusion of the competition. This policy is for the safety of our guests, the officials, student-athletes, and coaches.

Gate Openings
Gate opening times are listed by sport below:

  • Baseball - 60 minutes prior to event start time
  • Basketball (Men's) - 90 minutes prior to event start time
  • Basketball (Women's) - 60 minutes prior to event start time
  • Field Hockey - 60 minutes prior to event start time
  • Football - 90 minutes prior to event start time
  • Lacrosse (Men's and Women's) - 60 minutes prior to event start time
  • Soccer (Men's and Women's) - 60 minutes prior to event start time
  • Wrestling - 60 minutes prior to event start time

Guests are encouraged to check the specific sport page at for the latest information.

The University of Virginia strives to protect life and property by reducing the risks posed to University buildings, property and occupants from the use and operation of an open burn and open flame. By this policy, charcoal grills are prohibited in parking lots. Propane grills are only allowed if the propane tank is less than five pounds. Open flames other than grills are prohibited.

Lost and Found
Football events: Lost and Found station is located at the South Concourse behind Section 116.

Basketball events: Lost and Found station is located at the guest services desk behind Section 308.

Lost and found at all other events will be found at the main ticket entrance.

Lost and found items will be held at the above locations until the facility closes for each event. Following each event, items will be taken to the Facilities & Operations Office located in University Hall Room 209. Contact telephone number is 434-982-5022. Contact email address is

Following events held at John Paul Jones Arena, please contact the Arena Security Office at 434-924-3993.

Following events held at Memorial Gymnasium or Snyder Tennis Center, please contact the Memorial Gymnasium Equipment Desk at 434-924-6204.

Event day parking information for each facility can be found by clicking here.  Any event parking changes will be posted on

Re-entry into Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena is prohibited.

Scott Stadium Chairbacks
Chairbacks are available for season and game-by-game rentals. Football season ticketholders may request for chairbacks to be installed at their seats for the entire season. Chairbacks are available for season lease at $37 if ordered before July 1 or $45 after July 1. Call 877-702-4292 or visit for more information.

Single-game rentals will be sold at all gates on football event days at $8 for one chairback or $15 for two.

The University of Virginia prohibits smoking and vaping in all of its facilities on University property, including athletics facilities. There are designated smoking areas outside Scott Stadium's southwest and east gates. An outdoor smoking area is available near sections 301 and 315 of John Paul Jones Arena.

Solicitation & Distribution
Direct advertising, sales, and solicitation by outside vendors are not permitted on Grounds. Any distribution of materials on public property shall not disrupt University business, generate security issues, or block sidewalks or roads.

Throwing Objects
For safety reasons, throwing objects in any athletics facility is prohibited. Violators are subject to removal from the facility.


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