Charlottesville, VA Saturday marks the return of the Virginia Spring Football Festival to Scott Stadium. A variety of pregame activities will start at noon followed by the team’s scrimmage at 2 p.m. All events are free to the public and there is no charge for parking at Scott Stadium as well as the Emmet/Ivy Garage. The Central Grounds Garage will also be available (rates apply). Accessible parking will be available for fans in the West Parking lot and the upper level of the South Parking Garage at Bryant Hall.
Fans unable to attend Saturday’s activities at Scott Stadium are invented to watch a live video webcast of the team’s scrimmage for free online at VirginiaSports.com. The webcast will begin at 1:45 p.m. Fans can access the webcast by CLICKING HERE.
The Game and Activities
This year’s scrimmage will give Cavalier fans their first look at a new no huddle offense head coach Al Groh and his staff have implemented for the 2009 season. Virginia returns 12 starters and 36 letterwinners from last year’s team.
Gates will open at noon on the east and west sides of the stadium. The Festival activities will be held on the field and at the west side of the stadium. Activities include a 40-yard dash, agility stations, field goal kicking station and target throw. Events on the field will close at 1 p.m.
From noon until 1:45, the west gate will host inflatable games. Former UVa football standouts Barry Word, Tony Covington, Tyrone Lewis, Clint Sintim, Jon Copper and John Phillips will be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs leading up to the scrimmage. Fans will also have a chance to tell their “Virginia Football Moment” on video. The responses will be posted throughout the spring on VirginiaSportsTV.com. The west side will also feature face painting and tattoos, balloon artists, caricature artists and appearances by Cavman with his horse, Sabre. Fans will be able to pick up posters and schedule cards at both the east and west gates. In addition, fans will be able to enter to win prizes from Virginia Athletics at the raffle sign up stations near each entrance.
All students, eighth grade and under, are encouraged to write an essay on "How wellness impacts my future.” Kids with submissions to the Cavalier Essay Contest will also be able to hand their essay in at either the east or west entrance. Entries will be reviewed and judged by the UVa Athletics Academic Affairs staff. This year’s winning essays will be chosen from elementary and middle school participants. Each of these winners will receive prizes from Virginia Athletics.
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the concession stands located on the west side of the stadium. The west side will also will feature ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and Dippin' Dots, Domino's Pizza, along with hamburgers and hot dogs from the Cavalier Grill. There will also be a portable drink cart located at the east entrance.
Prior to the 2 p.m. start of the scrimmage, the annual Rock Weir Award winners will be announced that honor the most improved players during spring drills. At the conclusion of the Spring Game, fans will be able to obtain autographs from the players on the field.
Hoo Vision will not be operational during the Virginia Spring Football Festival. Construction work has begun to replace the 21’ x 28’ screen with a 32’ x 57’ large screen video display that will be operational prior to the start of the 2009 season.
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