Game Day Experience

Below you will find everything you need to know to prepare for the season. Click here for Scott Stadium facility information, and Click here for information on the Clear Bag Policy.  Looking for single-game promotional dates? Click here.

If you need assistance on game day at Scott Stadium, simply text the keyword HOOS to 226787 along with your message.  A member of our game day service will then contact you to remedy the issue.

The Virginia athletics department has also implemented a text message program that enables fans to receive text message alerts in the event of severe weather. To enroll in this program, text HOOSFB to 226787. This text message system will only be used for notifications as they relate to severe weather. Standard text message rates for your individual plan apply. To cancel enrollment, text STOP to 226787. For more information, click here.

Parking Information

Parking Map  (PDF)   |    Pre-Game Traffic Flow  (PDF)    |    Post-Game Traffic Flow  (PDF)

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Have a reserved parking pass? The lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m.  Get to the stadium early to enjoy camaraderie with fellow Wahoo fans!

Don’t have a reserved parking pass? There are plenty of public parking (PDF) options around Grounds within a 20-minute walk of Scott Stadium.  The Fontaine Research Park (FREE)  has a nicely lit, pedestrian walkway that leads you to the southwest side of Scott Stadium. This lot typically fills up close to kickoff, so if you plan to park here, arrive early!  Approximate walking time is 20 minutes.

FREE parking is also available in the John Paul Jones Arena lots. Simply walk south on Alderman Road from these lots. Be sure to stop by the Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC) for Cavalier Fan Fest!  Approximate walking time is 20 minutes.

Want to park a little closer to the stadium? The Emmet/Ivy, UVA Health System and Central Grounds Garages are within a 10-15 minute walk of Scott Stadium. The UVA Health System garage fee to park per game is $10 in advance and $15 on game day.  Season passes are also available.  The Emmet/Ivy and Central Grounds garages fee to park per game is $15 and available on game day only.

The City of Charlottesville will provide Free Trolley service from downtown to Central Grounds on Saturdays from 6:35 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Free Trolley runs approximately every 25 minutes depending on traffic and picks up fans at 615 E. Water Street (Downtown Station). Passengers heading to Scott Stadium should use either the Jefferson Park Avenue at Cabell Hall bus stop (#11155) or the Emmet Street at Central Grounds Parking Garage bus stop (#10472).

Virginia football ticket holders can also ride Route 7, which serves bus stops near the downtown parking garages and along Emmet Street by John Paul Jones Arena. For more information on Charlottesville Area Transit, click here.

Note: City of Charlottesville routes are operating on a lifeline service schedule that ends service at 9 p.m. Return trips back to downtown parking garages may not be available based on game end time.

Pregame Information

Tune In!

“Countdown to Kickoff” with the Voice of the Cavaliers Dave Koehn begins an hour before kickoff and airs on both 97.5 FM-3WV and 1070 AM-WINA. The first half hour of the show is broadcast live at Cav One just outside Cavalier Fan Fest at the Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC).

Cavalier Fan Fest

The Cavalier Fan Fest presented by the Virginia Lottery returns in 2021 with a new location. Due to the temporary closure of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, Fan Fest will be located outdoor at the corner of Alderman and Whitehead Road. Fan Fest includes youth activities, interactive games, giveaways and special guests and serves as the location for the Cavalier One pregame radio show. Fan Fest will open two hours before kickoff and end 30 minutes prior to kickoff.


The Fontaine and U-Hall/JPJA lots open three hours prior to kickoff. Tailgating is permitted, including the use of propane grills. Charcoal grills are not allowed. Please note that grilling of any kind is not allowed in any of the parking garages.

Around Grounds

There’s plenty of activity around Grounds on game day. You can watch the Cavalier Marching Band’s pre-game practice at Carr’s Hill Field. The band’s practice lasts from four-and-a-half to three hours before kickoff.

Afterwards, visit the historic Lawn or one of the many restaurants or shops along the Corner. You’re still only a 20-minute walk from Scott Stadium.

Gates Opening

All gates open one and a half (1.5) hours prior to kickoff. Fans can enter any gate they choose. The busiest gate times are 20-30 minutes before kickoff; it always helps to arrive early!

Want some additional comfort?  Cavalier Seats with padded seats and backs are available for rent inside the gates for $8.

Inclement Weather/Shelter Locations

The following shelter locations are available for fans in case of inclement weather. Click here for a map of the shelter locations.

Location Address
Aquatics and Fitness Center 405 Whitehead Road
Chemistry Building 409 McCormick Road
Clark Hall 291 McCormick Road
Clemons Library 164 McCormick Road
Mechanical Engineering Building 122 Engineer’s Way
Newcomb Hall 180 McCormick Road
Olsson Hall 151 Engineer’s Way
Rice Hall 85 Engineer’s Way
Slaughter Rec Center 505 Edgemont Road
Student Activities Building 800 Alderman Road
West Stadium Garage 1815 Stadium Road

Inside Scott Stadium

Concessions & Merchandise

There’s a variety of food and beverages to choose from at Scott Stadium’s concession stands.  For a stadium map of concessions locations as well as an A-Z listing, download the official mobile app of Virginia Athletics and tap the Game Day tab.

The price of bottled water has been reduced to $3, and two hydration stations will be available to provide complimentary water to fans in sustainable cups. One hydration station is located inside the northwest gate near section 128, while the other is located on the northeast side near section 104.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase by fans 21 and older with valid identification at select locations throughout Scott Stadium. Fans will be allowed to take their purchased beverages back to their seat locations to enjoy the game.

Gear Up!

Didn’t wear orange and blue to the game or want to browse the latest Virginia athletics gear and merchandise? Make sure to stop by the Cavalier Team Shop locations inside the East and West gates to check out what’s new for 2021. The Cavalier Team Shop features the latest in official Nike sideline gear.

It’s Game Time!

Our mission is to create a first-class and fun game day atmosphere, and this starts and ends with Hoo Vision. The 32′ x 57′ videoboard shows instant replays throughout the game, so you’ll never miss a bit of the action.  Hoo Vision is also your source for up-to-the-minute stats, scoring summaries, out-of-town scores and highlights, player features, exciting videos and more.  The LED system also features closed captioning on the northeast and northwest corners.

DJ Ron Manila returns along with popular in-stadium host Jamar Hicks. Former UVA standout Ahmad Hawkins will also serve as an in-stadium football analyst.

When the Cavaliers score a touchdown or field goal, join in the time-honored tradition of singing and swaying to the “Good Old Song.” Don’t know the lyrics? No problem. They’ll be shown on Hoo Vision and you’ll learn them in no time.  Stay on your feet after the Good Old Song for a rousing rendition of the “Hey Song” (UVA, Go `Hoos Go!).  Whether you’re in the upper or lower level, keep your eyes peeled for t-shirts being tossed into the crowd.

Ticket Information

Virginia Athletics will deliver all tickets in digital format for display on smartphones and other electronic devices. For more information on mobile tickets click here.

Tickets are available at multiple price ranges, starting at $15 for William & Mary, Illinois and Wake Forest and $25 for games against Duke and Georgia Tech, while tickets for Notre Dame start at $90. Single game tickets to Virginia Tech game are available to 2020 football season ticket holders or 2021 donors to the Virginia Athletics Foundation of $100 or more.

Online ticket sales through are available 24 hours a day and can be purchased through halftime of each game. There are no additional fees for purchasing online or with your mobile device.

Gameday Information

  • Stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to game.
  • Gameday ticket office opens 2 hours prior to game.
  • Dedicated ticket services windows are located at both the East and West ticket offices.

There’s nothing like a game day at Scott Stadium. We look forward to seeing you in orange and blue this fall!

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