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Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia football team will hold an open practice from 1-3 p.m. at Darling Stadium in Hampton, Va. on Saturday, March 19. The gates will open at noon and admission to the event is free.

For the second consecutive year STIHL is the presenting sponsor of the Virginia football practice in Hampton Roads and will provide a free Virginia football t-shirt to the first 1,000 fans. Promotional tables will be set up at the stadium’s entrances and each fan will receive a roster/autograph card and have an opportunity to enter to win raffle prizes. Prizes include: a pair of season tickets, tickets for UVa individual home games, an LCD television, a trip to a Virginia road game, a Cavalier helmet and football signed by head coach Mike London, a personalized Virginia football jersey and other items including STIHL products.

Fan-friendly activities will be set up inside Darling Stadium starting at noon, including the UVa bounce house and target toss. Following the practice, there will be a 30-minute autograph session in these areas. The event will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

There will be a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula in conjunction with the practice. Fans are asked to bring canned food to benefit people in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York serviced by the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Parking at Darling Stadium is free and concessions will be on sale. Alcohol is not permitted to be consumed in the parking lots or in the stadium.

The 2011 Virginia football team begins its spring practice period on Wednesday, March 16. The Cavaliers will hold a second open practice at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. on Saturday, March 26. The Orange-Blue Spring Game is Saturday, April 2 at Scott Stadium. The Orange-Blue game follows the Virginia-Maryland men’s lacrosse game that starts at noon.

Darling Stadium Address for Directions: 4111 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669

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