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As for the game, I have absolutely no idea what to expect. We're pretty deep at offensive skill positions. We run the ball pretty well. I expect we can score some points.
The defense is a huge work in progress. We have two pretty good DE's and two pretty good linebackers. We have one experienced DB and he's a true sophomore but a good one.
It seems that both teams strength's play well against the other's weaknesses. I kind of expect a shootout.
Thanks for offering assistance. I will be driving in from Charlotte, NC Saturday morning. I have a pass for South parking. How difficult is traffic around the stadium. I don't think I will get there much more than an hour before the game.
Where would you recommend eating wise?
Do you know what lot? You're going to hit traffic as a lot of our fans are chronic procrastinators and that's a tough entrance anyway. The exit you take "Fontaine" has some traffic issues of it's own right now as they're repairing a bridge that was supposed to be done two months ago.
They do the best they can with traffic but I'll preface with that with their best is not great. It's kind of what happens when you have your facility right on Grounds (campus.)
Friday night? Pre-game? Post game? Are you staying in town?
There are so many great choices, just let me know what you have in mind and I'll go from there. If there's something we have plenty of for a small college town it's great dining choices.
Heading down to Hooville on Friday afternoon. Really looking forward to the trip. Any places in town with an exceptional beer list?
Not leaving Columbia, SC until 4 Friday, so I'm guessing I'm not getting there until 10 or 11 Friday night, so I only need something post-game on Saturday.
How much is parking a parking pass and is it too late to obtain one? How much is game day parking without a pass?
Thank you for the response.
The blue placard says South.
Directions take me down Fontaine, which turns into Jefferson Park Ave (?), left onto stadium rd, rt onto Whitehead rd.
It sounds as if I will have substantial traffic to deal with and may need to leave extremely early. Thanks for the help.
Coming in from I-81. Where is the best to park and get out after the game?
This post was edited by timoty 22 months ago
Beer Run. It's a little tough to find but it's also fantastic for Sunday brunch (although it will be jam packed.)
Closer to UVa, Michael's Bistro on the "Corner" above Littlejohn's Delicatessen typically has a good list. I just haven't been there in forever.
Beer Run: Charlottesville's source for beer, wine, kegs, breakfast tacos, and gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner
Yeah, that's the best way to get there. There are a couple different ways to avoid Fontaine but that damn bridge construction shoots those down. I park in the East lot and I take Fontaine as well. I got their three hours early last week and it was starting to back up but was manageable.
I'll try and address all parking right here.....all the lots surrounding the stadium like the "South" lot mentioned by Dan are donor lots. I'm assuming Dan either picked a spot up through an online ticket agenty or through a friend. There are none "for sale" publicly.
There are a couple different options.
Free parking is located in two areas and both involve a little bit of a hike:
The Fontaine Research Park located on Fontaine Ave. Big open lot. Lot's and lots of spaces. Some rowdy tailgating. Most of your non-donors park there. Pain in the ass getting in and out unless you get their early or leave the game early. I'll link a google map to show it's proximity to Scott Stadium. I think they may run shuttle but if you walk, there's a fantastic chicken place called Wayside takeout at the corner of Fontaine and JPA (Jefferson Park Ave). You can call ahead and put in an order and tell them what time you want it and 9 times out of 10, it;ll be ready.
If coming from the North, the University Hall lot is the other free option. Just keep coming straight down 29 S until it turns into 29S/Business/Emmet St. UHall is located on the right. Just follow the signs to football parking. There is a fantastic tailgate over there called "Wilk Hall." It's huge and they're a very welcoming group. They accept donations in exchange for some grub and libations. The money they collect they give to charity at the end of the season. Fun time.
Both those options involve about a mile walk to the stadium.
There are couple different pay options as well. Closer to the Stadium on Emmet St there is the Newcomb Hall garage. It fills up pretty quickly though. And the UVa Hospital garage also offers $10 parking. Both those are probably about a half mile (the hospital may be slightly longer and warning, it's almost all up hill.)
The other option is to try and find a student yard to park on. Most of your young entrepreneurs are located off that Fontaine exit again or off Jefferson Park Ave. The going rate seems to be about $20.
Parking is definitely a bitch. I share tickets with 8 people but we used my priority points to get them so I get to keep my parking spot. The others seem to think the hospital garage is the best option.
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This post was edited by JoeHoo 22 months ago
Fontaine will be the closest for you.
I won't be down for the game, but that is one hell of beer list ....wish i could make the trip!
Thanks man, I appreciate it.
And don't get me wrong. I'm not saying you're going to be sitting there for two hours. Remember we put 62,000 in not 105,000. And having a pass greatly helps. I just have the patience of a gnat, especially when I'm trying to tailgate so traffic for me is enough to give me a stroke.
But the earlier you get there, the better off you will be.
Where are you staying?
Hey joehoo, we will be in town Friday, we're planning on tailgating before the game how much is parking for a car and what time should I plan on being at the gates to beat the crowds.
Fairfield Inn, like 3/4 miles from campus.
See above regarding parking. The gates aren't bad when you're going in. That's one thing our event staff does pretty well. My spot is about 30 seconds from the gate so I pack up 15 minutes before kickoff, drink one more beer and I'm always in to see the team hit the field. Now I also sit about 30 seconds from the gate so that does make it easier.
Once you actually get to the stadium, it won't take long to get to your seat. Getting to the stadium is more difficult depending on where you park!
Ah. A little further up the road than most of your better dinner options.
Do yourself a favor and try and make it down to the downtown mall. All kinds of great options down there. It's a closed in pedestrian mall. If the weather is nice, lots of outside dining, different price points, etc.
29 is going to have all your major national chain spots. Your alsp pretty close to the Aberdeen Barn if you want a steakhouse type place. They have the best Prime Rib on the planet. For a better steak, The Downtown Grille is very good as well. Both are pricey.
Lot's of options down on the UVa corner as well. They'll be busy though and it's college restaurant atmosphere. You know how that can go.
If you have anything specific in mind, let me know. I love talking Cville dining.
Thanks for the help with this stuff. Some friends and I booked a house for the weekend (no idea where it is) and we are planning a day of wineries/breweries on Friday. We have a driver booked for the day. Can you recommend any good places to be sure we visit?
Also, what are the best bars to hit downtown that would be welcoming to us visiting fans?
Also to add about the parking. To many of us Penn Staters a mile walk to the stadium is nothing. Our tailgating fields are vast as you may well know. I imagine we will likely try to get to the fields early enough to get some pre-game tailgating in. Where will the liveliest atmosphere be do you think?
I'll probably start looking into some of those options. Thanks for the help.
Don't want to hijack Joe's thread, as he's doing a masterful job of distributing advice, but I want to echo his recommendation to visit the downtown mall. No trip to Charlottesville is even remotely complete without a (preferably) Friday/Saturday evening stroll on the Downtown Mall. Endless sights, sounds, ice park, concert pavilion, movie theater, and an entire spectrum of great restaurants/bars. Don't miss it!
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I've been to UVA numerous times and I actually almost went there until I took a visit to PSU, and I will say that I love the campus down there. By campus, I mean "Grounds". For Penn Staters, I would highly recommend Little John's, its just absolutely awesome and I have never had a bad experience there. The grounds also has many beautiful sitting areas, quads, gardens, etc, so if you get a chance, make sure you walk through campus.
Pay attention to the roads and bridges as you drive in. Students paint and decorate some of them, but up in state we'd call that graffiti. And make sure you pay attn to when the students come in the game, when they run up over the lawn, pretty cool tradition down there.
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