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Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia football team opens its fall training camp Friday in preparation for the 2009 season. It is the first of 16 practice days the Cavaliers have before the start of the academic year. Virginia opens its season Sept. 5 at Scott Stadium against William & Mary at 6 p.m.

UVa head coach Al Groh announced that practices held on Aug. 7 (Friday), Aug. 8 (Saturday), Aug. 9 (Sunday) and Aug. 13 (Thursday) will be open to the public. Practices on those days are scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. on the fields behind the McCue Center.

“We appreciate the fans who have the opportunity to come out and add to the energy and enthusiasm of the practices,” Groh said. “We hope as many fans as possible can take advantage of these opportunities and we encourage them to be loud and participate and let the team know they are there watching.”

Fans should be aware that no electronic devices, including mobile phones, are allowed to be on during the practices.

Virginia will hold its annual Meet the Team Day at Scott Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 16. Players and coaches will be available for photos and autographs from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Gates to the stadium open at 2 p.m.

At Meet the Team Day, fans will be able to pick up copies of the 2009 Cavalier Football schedule poster, schedule magnet and schedule cards. Tours of the locker room will take place and fans will have the opportunity to purchase the latest 2009 officially licensed sideline apparel from Nike as well as the 2009 football fan t-shirt. Concession stands will be in operation and the first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free UVa-Nike mini football. All fans in attendance also have the opportunity to win door prizes.

There will be plenty of activities for young Cavalier fans at Meet the Team day. A kid’s zone will feature inflatables and other activities. The Cavalier and his horse, Sabre, will be in attendance along with the UVa cheerleaders.

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