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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia baseball team’s home opener against George Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 24 will be played at Davenport Field. The game’s starting time has been moved from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Unless unanticipated changes occur to the field before Thursday evening, the games against Rhode Island on Friday, Feb. 26, Saturday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 28 also will be played at Davenport Field at the scheduled starting times. A final decision will be made and released by Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

Virginia is ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America and following the team’s opening series win at East Carolina last weekend.

“I’d like to thank Jesse Pritchard and our sports turf staff for their efforts to prepare Davenport Field for competition,” said head baseball coach Brian O’Connor. “We’re excited to open our home schedule in front of our fans. Every game is important and I would like to challenge our fans to come out and create a great home field advantage at Davenport Field. With a record number of season tickets sold for the 2010 season, I hope to have a packed house on Wednesday afternoon. If our season ticket holders can’t use their tickets, please put them in the hands of someone that can be there or turn them back in.”

Bar codes have been added to baseball tickets purchased in advance, including season tickets. This enables season ticket holders to easily transfer tickets electronically to a friend or re-sell season tickets through the Ticket Marketplace online at Tickets will be scanned upon entry to Davenport Field this season.

Reserved seat season ticket holders may also return tickets online at, by mail, or by calling the Virginia athletics ticket office at 1-800-542-UVA1. All reserved seats that are returned will be available for purchase. Returned reserved seats will be available to purchase for $5 by University of Virginia faculty and staff, for $9 by the general public, or for $4 as an upgrade to anyone holding a general admission ticket to that game. UVa students may claim returned reserved seats for no charge by showing their valid University ID at the ticket booth on game day.

The athletics department is implementing a number of measures to encourage fans to attend home games, particularly early in the season. Hot chocolate and coffee will be free to all fans for games forecast to be played in weather that is 45 degrees or colder. This promotion will begin with Wednesday’s game against George Washington.

Every fan will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 2010 ACC Baseball Tournament in Greensboro by attending Virginia baseball home games through March 31. Fans holding tickets purchased in advance will automatically receive an entry each time their ticket is scanned. If a fan transfers, returns, or sells their ticket on the Ticket Marketplace, they will receive the entry for the ACC Tournament trip giveaway once the ticket is scanned.

Season ticket holders also will be rewarded for attendance throughout the season. Fan Appreciation Days will take place at the final home weekend series of the season against North Carolina, May 14-16. The season ticket holders with the 50 highest attendance totals through May 4 will be eligible to win Virginia baseball prizes throughout the weekend.

Tickets for Virginia baseball games can be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the gate at Davenport Field beginning two hours before the start of the game.

General admission season tickets for Virginia baseball are $100 for adults and $75 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. Ten game mini-packages are also on sale for $40.

Virginia baseball single-game tickets are $7 (adult general admission) and $5 (youth, senior, faculty/staff general admission).

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