The University is preparing for a home football game against the College of William & Mary at Scott Stadium with kickoff at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6th. Impacts of this night game will begin earlier in the day, and I write to share information.
Although there are logistical challenges to hosting a large event on a weeknight, the University is committed to maintaining a regular schedule for all activities. No classes will be cancelled and patient care services will be provided as usual. A team is working hard to mitigate the game's impact on students, patients, employee work schedules, traffic, and parking.
Academic Classes: The Provost’s Office will provide further information via email to anyone with academic credit-bearing activity on Central Grounds beginning or ending at 4:00 p.m.
Employee Work Schedules: While the University will operate on a normal schedule on September 6th, departments may use their discretion to determine the appropriate staffing levels to maintain services. For those operations that can support it, managers are encouraged to use flex scheduling or permit the use of annual or comp time to modify employee shifts on September 6th so that staff can maintain a 40-hour work week.
Parking, Bus Routes, and Road Closings: Several parking lots in the vicinity of Scott Stadium must be vacated by 4:00 p.m. and a few UTS bus routes will be altered by the traffic management plan. Every effort will be made to accommodate special parking and transportation needs of faculty, staff, and students after 4:00 p.m. Parking & Transportation (P&T) has posted specific guidance for permit holders and transit riders on a dedicated web site: https://parking.virginia.edu/friday-night-lights . By September 3rd, P&T will e-mail information about parking and transit options to permit holders for lots that are directly affected by the game.
Contacts: The success of our planning efforts relies on clear communication with faculty, staff, students, and the community. Contact one of the persons listed below to report a specific need, make suggestions, or ask questions:
- Classes, Research, Other Academic Programs on Central Grounds, and Associated Parking Needs: Wynne Stuart, phone: 924-3728, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health System Parking: phone: 924-5147, email: email@example.com
- Academic Parking: Andy Mansfield, phone: 924-6763, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Friday evening game versus William & Mary marks the annual Paint the Town Orange celebration. Employees may purchase $15 lower level tickets to the game by visiting virginiasports.com/specialoffers and entering the promo code PAINTTHETOWNORANGE. This represents a savings of over 40%.
I am grateful for your understanding and support as we prepare for this special event.
Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer