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Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia football team will hold an open scrimmage Saturday, March 27 in Norfolk at Old Dominion University’s S.B. Ballard Stadium at Foreman Field. The controlled scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and admission is free.

“I am excited about the opportunity to take the team down to the Norfolk area and practice at Old Dominion University,” said first-year Virginia coach Mike London. “We are reaching out to area coaches, fans, and alumni to come and see us in action this spring. The ‘757′ area is very important to us in many aspects. This is something we will continue to look at and perhaps in the future hold events like this in other areas of the state.”

In conjunction with the practice session, the Virginia athletics department will host a fan zone inside the stadium starting at 11:30 a.m. The area will include interactive games and contests. Raffle prizes will also be awarded to fans, including a trip for two to Virginia’s Oct. 9 game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, a 40″ LCD-TV, and Virginia football season tickets.

The first 1,500 fans will receive a free Virginia football t-shirt and the first 250 youth to visit Fan Fest will receive a mini-football, compliments of the event’s sponsor, STIHL Incorporated, headquartered in Virginia Beach.

Fans are asked to park in the parking garage adjacent to Foreman Field off 49th Street. Gates B and C will be used. The Tailgate Terrace, featuring concessions items, including soft drinks and beer, will open at 11:30 a.m. Tailgating in the parking lots will not be permitted for this event.

The east side of the stadium will be available for fan seating and concessions stands and restrooms will be open on that side of the stadium.

Following the scrimmage, the student-athletes on the Virginia football team will hold an autograph session for 30 minutes before returning to Charlottesville. NCAA rules prohibit the Cavalier coaches from participating in this activity.

Virginia will hold its annual Spring Football Festival on Saturday, April 10 at Scott Stadium. Pregame activities for fans will begin at noon and the Spring Game will start at 2 p.m. Admission to this event is also free.

Coaches Clinic in Norfolk
The football coaching staffs from Virginia and Old Dominion will co-host a coaches clinic Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at the Sheraton Inn Norfolk Waterside Hotel. Registration is $12 and individuals must RSVP to Dawn Best in the Virginia football office by email at

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