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Important Information for Athletics Events

August 24, 2017
All Students
Todd Goodale, UVA Athletics
Virginia Cavaliers


UVA Students:

Welcome to Grounds from UVA Athletics! The purpose of this email is to inform you how you can attend home Virginia Athletics events during the 2017-18 academic year as well as to explain the Sabre Points system and its impact on admission to home men's basketball games.

Undergraduate and graduate students who pay the University Student Activity Fee are granted free admission to all home, regular-season athletic events by showing a valid student ID at the designated entrance with the exception of home men's basketball games. The men's basketball admission process is outlined below.

The first home athletics contests of the season take place on Friday, Aug. 25, with field hockey, volleyball, and men's soccer all in action. The first football game of the 2017 season is Saturday, Sept. 2, against William & Mary. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Schedules, results, and information for each of UVA's 27 varsity sports are available online at

A student ticket is required for admission to home men's basketball games. To be able to request a ticket, you must create an account on We encourage you to create your account as soon as possible.

There will be a ticket request period for each game. The schedule to request tickets will be listed on following the release of the men's basketball schedule in early September.

In the event the number of requests exceeds the quantity of tickets available for a game, tickets will be distributed based on a lottery system. Each student who requests a ticket will receive one entry into the lottery. You can receive additional entries equal to the number of Sabre Points you have in your account. For more information on Sabre Points, please see below.

Student guest tickets for men's basketball games are only available if students have not fully claimed the allotment of tickets for each game. Guest tickets will only be available for purchase online during the on-demand period, and students may purchase up to three (3) student guest tickets per game based on availability.

The Sabre Point system was modified prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year resulting from student focus group feedback and in close consultation with Student Council.

  1. Home, regular season athletics events will be worth one (1) Sabre point. Specially designated Sabre Rewards events and all home football games will be worth five (5) Sabre points. For the full list of these Sabre Rewards events taking place this fall, please visit
  2. Sabre Points will be used to determine the assignment of entry groups for men's basketball. Once all tickets have been allocated, the list will be sorted in order of Sabre Points from highest to lowest, and sorted into groups from the point order.
  3. Sabre Points can now be earned throughout the year, and 20 percent of Sabre Points in a student's account will be carried over to the following year.

Virginia Football will host seven (7) home games in 2017 starting with the season opener against William & Mary on Sept. 2. The complete football schedule can be found on the Virginia Sports website.

The student entrance is located at Scott Stadium's North Gate adjacent to Alderman Road. Students are asked to have their UVA student ID ready to be swiped at the gate. Students will be awarded five (5) Sabre Points for each home football game they attend. The points will be automatically awarded to the individual's student account. A separate check-in is not needed to earn points at home football games.

Student guest tickets, valid for seating in designated student sections or on the Hill, are on sale now. Please click here to purchase student guest tickets. Students may also purchase student guest tickets in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, located at the south end of Scott Stadium. Discounted reserved tickets for the UVA Family Weekend game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 4 also are available for purchase.

Students will notice two new hospitality tents at the top of the Hill, similar to the Clubhouse in the outfield at Davenport Field, that will be occupied by corporate partners of Virginia Athletics. Seating on the Hill remains open as general admission seating, including for UVA students and their guests.

Tickets to sports other than football and men's basketball can be purchased, based on availability, for friends and family members through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. For schedules, ticket information, and to purchase tickets online, visit The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office can be reached by phone at 1-800-542-UVA1.

The Athletics department encourages you to be part of Hoo Crew, the official student fan group at UVA. Pick up the official Hoo Crew T-shirt at a designated Sabre Rewards event this fall!

Follow Hoo Crew on Twitter @Hoo_Crew for more information and updates.

If you have any questions about student ticketing, I encourage you to reach out to us by emailing

Go Hoos!

Todd Goodale
Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs
CLAS '94