CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia softball head coach Joanna Hardin unveiled a 50-game 2021 slate on Wednesday (Feb. 10), which includes 22 home games at Palmer Park.
The Cavaliers open the season on Feb. 13 at Georgia in the Red and Black Showcase in a two-day event which features two matchups each against Georgia and South Alabama. The following weekend, Virginia will take part in ACC pod action, playing three games against both Louisville and Pittsburgh. The games will take place in Raleigh-Durham on Feb. 18-21, and these games count in the ACC standings.
Virginia then opens its home schedule on Feb. 27-28 by hosting the Cavalier Classic. The two-day tournament features contests against JMU and George Washington.
In 2021, the ACC will also play four-game weekend series to minimize travel. ACC series will feature single games on Friday and Sunday with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. The Cavaliers are scheduled to host Clemson (March 5-7), NC State (March 19-21), Boston College (April 1-3) and Syracuse (April 23-25) in ACC action at Palmer Park. Virginia is slated to travel to Duke (March 12-14), North Carolina (April 9-11), Notre Dame (April 16-18) and Georgia Tech (April 30-May 2).
Virginia is scheduled to play just four midweek contests in 2021, facing Virginia Tech and Liberty each twice. The Cavaliers will host the Hokies on March 9 before visiting Blacksburg on March 24. Both games against the Hokies are non-conference matchups. Virginia faces Liberty on the road on March 23 before hosting the Flames on April 6.
The current guidelines for sports venues provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia under the “Forward Virginia” plan (updated Nov. 13, 2020), allow for the lesser of 30 percent occupancy of the facility or 250 patrons.
Due to health and safety considerations, in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues set by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance at Palmer Park will be limited to the family of student-athletes and coaching staff until further notice.
Should these guidelines change, and a limited number of spectators are able to attend, 2020 Softball season ticket holders and UVA Students will receive communication directly from the UVA Athletics Ticket Office.