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May 4, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The University of Virginia is adding 364 temporary bleacher seats at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium for the remainder of the 2004 season. The additional general admission seating is located along the right field line and increases the stadium’s capacity to 2,430.

“Our coaching staff and players are very excited about the decision to increase seating at the UVa Baseball Stadium,” said Brian O’Connor, Virginia’s head baseball coach. “We appreciate the ongoing support from the UVa athletics administration by providing an opportunity for more Cavalier fans to watch ACC baseball.”

Virginia has a pair of three-game home series scheduled with Florida State (May 7-9) and Wake Forest (May 13-15), and a home game with Liberty on May 19. The decision to add the seating was made because of attendance for UVa home games with Virginia Tech, and ACC opponents North Carolina and Clemson earlier this season. UVa is also interested in hosting an NCAA Regional Tournament if that opportunity presents itself.

“We have had increased attendance for our home baseball games, particularly our games against ACC opponents and Virginia Tech, because of the performance of our team this season,” said Jason Bauman, associate athletics director for facilities and operations at Virginia. “With two ACC series yet to be played and because of our interest in the possibility of hosting an NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament, we feel it’s appropriate to add the seating at this time.”

The UVa baseball team is currently 36-9 overall and 14-4 in the ACC. The Cavaliers are in first place in the conference standings. Virginia is ranked in the Top 20 of several collegiate baseball polls and is ranked as high as seventh by Collegiate Baseball.

Change in Baseball Seating Policy

Starting with this week’s Florida State series (May 7-9), blue, chair-back seats in the reserved section at the UVa Baseball Stadium that are open after two complete innings will no longer be available for general admission ticket holders. Game management personnel will monitor and maintain these seats for reserved seat ticket holders only throughout the game.

The increased attendance brought about by the performance of the baseball team this season and the need to preserve the integrity of the reserved seat section led to this modification in the athletics department’s seating practices.

A limited number of tickets are available for Virginia’s remaining regular-season home baseball games and may be purchased in advance through the UVa athletics ticket office. Reserved seat tickets cost $8 and general admission tickets are $6 for adults, and $4 for youth (18 and younger) and senior citizens (60 and older). Tickets can be purchased at the UVa athletics ticket office in Bryant Hall or by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 or 434/924-8821. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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