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Oct. 12, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia Baseball program will hold the 2016 Step Up to the Plate event and 2015 National Championship Ring Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at 6 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The annual fundraiser is one of the highlights of the Virginia Baseball calendar, but takes on a special tone this year as UVA also will present its first NCAA championship team with its national championship rings.

As part of the special evening, Virginia will hold a celebration of the 2015 championship team and also will have a roundtable discussion with members of the squad.

Tickets for Step Up to the Plate are on sale now and may be ordered in person at the UVA Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-8821 or online at Sponsored tables may be reserved by calling the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 800-626-8723. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as the event is expected to sell out.

Ticket prices are $70 for adults, $35 for Virginia Baseball alumni, $30 for children 12 and under and $20 for current UVA students. A Family Four Pack is available, which includes two adult and two youth tickets for $175. Sponsored tables for the event are $2,500 and include a reserved table for a party of eight with a member of the baseball team, and admission to the pre-event reception. The pre-event reception for table sponsors will begin at 4:15 p.m.

Parking for the event is free in the John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall lots.

The evening begins with an autograph session with the 2016 Virginia baseball team and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. with comments from UVA head coach Brian O’Connor as well as the introduction of the 2016 team. A buffet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. A live auction follows the dinner at 7:30 p.m. Also after dinner, members of the 2015 NCAA Championship team will be presented with their championship rings and a roundtable panel will be held on stage with several members of UVA’s first NCAA championship team.

The live and silent auctions will include autographed memorabilia from Virginia and the professional ranks, as well as game tickets, exclusive Virginia Baseball experiences and more.

Step Up to the Plate and 2015 National Championship Ring Ceremony
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, 6 p.m.
Location: John Paul Jones Arena
Parking: John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall
Adult Tickets: $70
Virginia Baseball Alumni: $35
Youth Tickets (12 & under): $30 (includes a Virginia Baseball team autographed ball)
Current UVA students: $20
Family Four Pack (2 adult, 2 youth tickets): $175
Sponsored Tables*: $2,500 (call VAF to reserve)
*Includes: eight tickets to pre-event reception with members of the 2015 NCAA Championship team and other Cavalier greats, eight reserved table tickets to Step Up to the Plate and eight General Admission 2016 Virginia baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats)

Event Timeline:
4:15 p.m.

Pre-event reception for table sponsors
5:30 p.m.
Doors open, silent auction begins and autograph session with 2016 Virginia Baseball Team
6 p.m.
Program begins; Coach O’Connor will introduce 2016 team
6:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner begins
7:30 p.m.
Live auction; 2015 NCAA Championship Team ring ceremony; a player roundtable; the night concludes with silent auction results

For Tickets — call the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1; for tables call the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 1-800-626-8723

Virginia Baseball poster, schedule card, magnet and t-shirt for all in attendance.

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