We share many moments of pride as a community. With our men’s basketball team now set to play in the Final Four on Saturday, April 6, in Minneapolis, this is certainly one of those moments. We are proud of our student-athletes and Coach Tony Bennett for their heart-stopping, historic overtime win in the Elite Eight and all they have accomplished as a team.
Since the trip to Minneapolis is not possible for most of us, the University will be hosting Watch Events for students at the Aquatic & Fitness Center on Alderman Road and in the McIntire Amphitheatre on Central Grounds for Saturday evening’s semifinal game. Details include:
Saturday, April 6, beginning at 5 p.m.
UVA Cavaliers vs. Auburn Tigers Tip-off at 6:09 p.m.
- AFC, Mark Fletcher Gymnasium. Enter through the AFC main lobby doors. Free pizza and drinks will be available. Normal fitness operations will continue throughout the rest of the facility (9 a.m. to midnight).
- McIntire Amphitheatre. Free soft drinks will be available.
Security will be in place at both the AFC and the Amphitheatre. No alcohol or drinks in cups will be allowed into either venue. All bags will be subject to check.
Additionally, the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall is hosting a free, public viewing of Saturday evening’s game. You can go online to reserve free tickets.
The excitement of the NCAA Final Four puts us all in a celebratory mood. This past weekend, with UVA’s Elite Eight win, I was pleased to learn that students who chose to celebrate on the Corner and elsewhere generally did so in safe and responsible ways. With the semifinal game this Saturday night, I am counting on each of you to show this same level of respect for yourself, each other, your neighbors, and surrounding property. If you choose to drink alcohol and are at least 21, please do so in a safe and responsible manner and look out for each other. Celebrate the Hoos with all your heart, but remember your role as part of the larger community.
Wa-hoo-wa! Let’s Go Hoos!
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students