Making the Most of Your Virginia Football Experience
Virginia football kicks off the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at noon vs. UCLA. Don't forget about the annual Paint the Town Celebration (Aug. 29) on the Downtown Mall! Below you will find everything you need to know to prepare for the game.
Where to Park?
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Have a reserved parking pass? The lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m. Get to the stadium early to enjoy comraderie with fellow Wahoo fans!
Don't have a reserved parking pass? There are plenty of parking options around Grounds within a 20-minute walk of Scott Stadium, including:
Fontaine Research Park (FREE). There is a nicely lit, pedestrian walkway that leads you to the southwest side of Scott Stadium. This lot typically fills up close to kickoff, so if you plan to park here, arrive early! Approximate walking time: 20 minutes
University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena lots (FREE). Simply walk south on Alderman Road from these lots. Be sure to stop by the Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC) for Cavalier Fan Fest! Approximate walking time: 20 minutes
Want to park a little closer to the stadium? Check out these parking garages that offer locations within a 10-15 minute walk of Scott Stadium. The fee to park in these garages is $10 per game in advance and $15 on game day.
- Emmett/Ivy Garage
- UVA Health System Garage
Plan on enjoying some downtown Charlottesville attractions prior to the game? There are garages located on Market or Water Street, with parking at $6 per vehicle with proof of your game day ticket. Hop on a shuttle from the Market Street or Water Street bus stops to make your way to the stadium for $5. Remember to have exact change!
Parking is also available at the Central Grounds Garage.
What to do before the game?
"Countdown to Kickoff" with the Voice of the Cavaliers, Dave Koehn, begins an hour before kickoff and airs on both 97.5 FM-3WV and 1070 AM-WINA. The first half hour of the show is broadcast live at Cav One just outside Cavalier Fan Fest at the Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC).
Cavalier Fan Fest
Check out the Cavalier Fan Fest at the AFC. Admission is free! The AFC is located across the street from Scott Stadium's north gate at the corner of Alderman Road and Whitehead Road. Fan Fest is open starting three hours before kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
Inside Cavalier Fan Fest, you can watch games from around the country in HD on beautiful LCD televisions provided by Crutchfield. Test your cornhole skills on some Virginia boards - at the end of the season we will crown a champion! You can also enter the Kroger Grocery Cart Challenge - the highest score during Fan Fest will be selected to participate in the on-field contest during the game.
Let the kids burn off some steam on inflatable games, football tosses and a field goal kick. Get ready for the big game with face painting or a receive a temporary tattoo from the Virginia spirit squads! You can have your photo taken in the photo booth with a lifesize image of a Virginia football player, featuring the day's uniform combination.
Be on the lookout for special guests making appearances at Fan Fest, including current Virginia student-athletes and Virginia football alumni.
The AFC is air-conditioned and heated making it convenient for pre-game activities for early-to-late season games!
Want to see the team up close and wish them good luck at the game? Join the Cavalier Marching Band, spirit teams, Cavman and fellow fans at the Wahoo Walk, occurring two hours prior to kickoff in the West parking lot before every game.
The team is dropped off at the Student Activities Building (SAB) and makes its way through the Wahoo faithful into the stadium. Joined by the Cavalier band, this is a tradition you won't want to miss on game day.
The Fontaine and U-Hall/JPJ lots open up three hours prior to kickoff. Tailgating is permitted, including the use of propane grills. Charcoal grills are not allowed. Please note that grilling of any kind is not allowed in any of the enclosed parking garages.
There's plenty of activity around Grounds on game day. You can watch the Cavalier Marching Band's pre-game practice at Carr's Hill Field. The band's practice lasts from four-and-a-half to three hours before kickoff.
Afterwards, visit the historic Lawn or one of the many restaurants or shops along the Corner. You're still only a 20-minute walk from Scott Stadium.
All gates open two (2) hours prior to kickoff. You can enter any gate depending upon which direction you approach the stadium. Far right lanes are "Express Lanes" and are for fans without bags. The busiest gate times are 20-30 minutes before kickoff; it always helps to arrive early!
Chairbacks are available to rent for $8 inside the gates.
Okay, I'm inside Scott Stadium! Now what?
It's game day, so there is plenty of chatter online about the matchup. Stay up-to-the-minute by following the `Hoos on these official social media channels:
- Wahoo Central: the official social media hub of the 'Hoos. Make sure to use #GoHoos or #Wahoowa in your Tweets and Instagrams and be on the lookout to see them on 'Hoo Vision during the game! During the week, visit the social media wall here.
- Twitter: @UVa_Football and @CoachMikeLondon
- Be on the lookout for the Hilldrup Move-Up mentioned on `Hoo Vision! One lucky pair of Virginia fans who tweet @WahooCentral with the Hashtag #MoveUpUVa will be escorted down to prime lower-level seats for the game.
The Cavalier Marching Band will begin its performance approximately 15 minutes before kickoff, which will lead into a popular pre-game tradition, "The Adventures of Cavman." The video will feature new ride sequences and more football video this season, and of course, Cavman will vanquish the opponent's mascot before the live Cavalier on horseback leads the team onto the field!
I'm hungry! What's available to eat?
A revised concessions map and updated menu featuring all the concessions offerings at Scott Stadium will be posted on VirginiaSports.com soon.
Didn't wear orange and blue to the game, or want to browse the latest Virginia athletics gear and merchandise? Make sure to stop by the Cavalier Team Shop locations inside the East and West gates, behind `Hoo Vision and on the concourse outside Sections 119-120 and 112-113 to check out what's new for 2014. The Cavalier Team Shop features the latest in official Nike sideline gear.
You'll also see plenty of new concessions maps throughout the concourses of Scott Stadium.
It's Game Time!
Our mission is to create a first-class and fun game day atmosphere, and this starts and ends with `Hoo Vision. The 32' x 57' videoboard shows instant replays throughout the game, so you'll never miss a bit of the action. `Hoo Vision is also your source for up-to-the-minute stats, scoring summaries, out-of-town scores and highlights, player features, exciting videos and more.
When the Cavaliers score a touchdown or field goal, join the Smithfield Celebration! Participate in a time-honored tradition of singing and swaying to the "Good Old Song" - don't know the lyrics? No problem! They'll be shown on `Hoo Vision and you'll learn them in no time. Stay on your feet after the Good Old Song for a rousing rendition of the "Hey Song" (UVA, Go `Hoos Go!). Whether you're in the upper or lower level, keep your eyes peeled for mini footballs being tossed into the crowd, courtesy of Smithfield.
From the Amtrak t-shirt toss to the Kroger Grocery Cart Challenge and the Crutchfield Sabre Scramble, rest assured you'll be entertained during your time at the stadium.
Had a good time? Bring a friend to the next game!
There are four price levels available for every game:
- Richmond and Kent State: $20, $30, $35 and $40
- UCLA, Louisville, Pitt, UNC and Miami: $30, $35, $45 and $50
New for 2014, Family Packages are available for every home game. Family packages include four tickets (more can be added) and four $8 concession vouchers that can be redeemed at any stand in Scott Stadium. It's a great value!
Click here for Virginia football ticket information.
There's nothing like a Saturday in C'ville at Scott Stadium. We look forward to seeing you in orange and blue on Saturday, Aug. 30 when the `Hoos host top-ten ranked UCLA.