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Scott Stadium

Charlottesville, VA

Home of the Virginia Cavaliers



Scott Stadium (map it)
Alderman Rd & Whitehead Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Virginia Cavaliers website

Scott Stadium website

Year Opened: 1931

Capacity: 61,500

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


Great Scott! Virginia Cavalier Football

Scott Stadium was built in 1931 as a replacement for the old Lambeth Field. Originally seating 25,000, the stadium has had quite a few renovations and additions over the years.

In 2000 a renovation filled in the upper deck and south end to allow 20,000 additional fans. Later a new state-of-the-art lighting and a scoreboard tower known as "Hoo-Vision" were added. The facility's overall official name of the Smith Center is a result of the string of donations that brought these changes. The stadium itself is still referred to as Scott Stadium.

The largest crowd for a football game was on August 30, 2008, when 64,947 fans unfortunately saw the University of Southern California defeat Virginia 52 to 7. The stadium has also been home to a few concerts such hometown favorites, the Dave Matthews Band in 2001, The Rolling Stones in 2005, and U2 in 2009.

The University of Virginia (UVA) is a research university founded by Thomas Jefferson. UVA is labeled one of the original "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. There are 14,898 undergraduates at the university. While UVA is a public university supported in part by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the university receives far more funding from private sources than public. Students come to attend the university in Charlottesville from all 50 states and 147 countries.

Charlottesville has a population of 43,475. It is the county seat of Albemarle County and is located less than three hours south of Washington, DC. Charlottesville is best known as the home to two U.S. Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Jefferson's mountaintop home, Monticello, is located just south of town. Another U.S, President, James Madison, was from about 20 miles north.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food selection is not much to write home about. There is the usual assortment of generic style food stands scattered around the stadium. Hot dogs will cost you $5, which is a bit high for what you get.

There are a few temporary stands and food trucks in use around the concourse. The Mexican stand called Two Guys Tacos has the best option, with an $8 custom burrito, as well as a $7 two tacos option.

The Hoos on a Roll stand is another good option. The Everything Dog has about everything you can think on it. It is pricey at $10, but will fill you up quickly.

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere score should be higher here, but the football team is not performing well, which has made the whole attitude around the program feel very down. The stadium is truly great but the lack of sold out games is bringing things down a bit.

The students often like to dress up for games. Women will wear nice dresses and men with fancy clothes and bowties. It is not everyone, but it is noticeable. The students in t-shirts and shorts will be the ones that stand out as a bit different.

The stadium is designed as a horseshoe. There is an upper and lower concourse around that horseshoe. At the open end is a large hill that is an extension of the student section. Watching a game from this hill is one of the greatest experiences in college football. The hill doesn't get as full as it may have when the program was stronger but it still is an amazing thing to experience at least once.

The team's name is the Cavaliers. The cavalier will lead the team onto the field horseback baring his sword for battle. That will be about the last time you see him as the team and school uses the "Hoos" name more often than Cavaliers. Wahoos, or Hoos for short, is an unofficial nickname for sports teams of the university.

Touchdown scores are celebrated by the fans linking arms and singing along to their own modified version of Auld Lang Syne called "The Good Old Song." The song is the de facto alma mater of the University of Virginia and may have started as far back as 1895.

Neighborhood    5

The campus of the University of Virginia is one of the most beautiful in America. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the entire place is just frankly majestic. The famous Rotunda building is in the process of being remodeled, renovated and restored, which is no easy task. Check out the famous Range rooms that serve as student housing for accomplished students and The Lawn which is a large, terraced grassy court at the historic center of Jefferson's academic community.

The Corner is nearby to the Rotunda. It is the commercial center of UVA life. Many bars, restaurants and stores are in this area. Bodo's Bagels and The Mellow Mushroom are two of my favorite spots, although expect both to be very crowded on game days.

Charlottesville is a bustling small city. The historic downtown is another great area to spend time eating and shopping.

Fans    2

The students on the Hill bring the stadium to life. But the crowd numbers have been slipping which is limiting the score here.

The rest of the stadium is filled with alumni who also don't tend to be the loudest and rowdiest fans. Scott Stadium can feel a bit quiet on many game days. That is unfortunate as this facility has all the making of being one of the best college stadiums.

Access    3

Charlottesville is a medium size city but the influx of crowds and cars will make the traffic unbearable.

Best lots for parking are north of the stadium near the John Paul Jones Arena. Prices can range from free to $20. Do some research ahead of time to save yourself from being too stressed.

The highways passing through Charlottesville are I-64, Route US 250, and the north-south US 29. Expect all to be busy before and after games.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets start at $25. There will be plenty of seats available on the aftermarket.

Tickets can be had for a good value, depending on the opponent. Expect to pay more for the larger, more well-known opponents of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Extras    4

Before going into the stadium walk on the sidewalk outside of the stadium north of the hill. The view from outside, onto the field of play is an interesting way to check out pre-game festivities.

The hill is about as big of an extra as it can get. This is a student section unlike many others. When the stadium is rocking, which it often isn't, the hill is the place to be.

There is a Wall Of Fame and a Legends Wall that displays the fine history and tradition of Cavalier football.

Final Thoughts

Scott Stadium is a fairly basic college stadium, but the unique student section, The Hill, means that the stadium offers a fairly unique football atmosphere. Its location on one of the most beautiful college campuses makes the stadium a must visit.

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Crowd Reviews

Just Around the Corner

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Walk or ride a bus on Alderman Road in Charlottesville, and you're liable to see a one-of-a-kind sight if you look past the sidewalk.

Nestled between one of the University's four gyms, some of the first-year dorms, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, concrete bleachers peek out deceptively close to street level. Just around the corner, a Jeffersonian colonnade draws your eye from the road down a long, grassy hill...

At the bottom, as though it were the most natural thing in the world, is a football field.

Welcome to Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers.

Expanded to its present capacity of 61,500 in 2000, the stadium fits Virginia's grounds like a glove. For all the nits to pick with the gameday experience there, there's nothing quite like walking into a fully-modern sports venue as casually as you'd enter a library or dining hall.


Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 1
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 1

The Scott Stadium has greatly improved by the presence of the Cavalier Marching Band which plays stand tunes with different moves that you can learn for each song. The CMB does a different half time show each week and gets the crowd fired up with the pregame show. Alumni and students mix in the general admission section. Even when the team does not win, it is a lot of fun. Food is bad. Wear comfortable shoes. Be ready to stand in you are going to hang near the band!!! I graduated from UVA in 1987 and am having more fun at football games now that my daughter is in the band than I did when I was a student.

Hot Time

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Bought so much water I ought to own the stand. Other than having seats backed up against a concrete wall that reflected the heat on to our bodies making a hot day even hotter, it was a nice place to see a game. The locals were very nice and the place was clean. Needs more and better food, and it is kind of hidden at the end of a couple small roads. We were staying walking distance (about a mile) so it wasn't too bad. I would go back, but maybe not in September.

I enjoyed

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Scott Stadium was the first ever away game I went to way back in 2001. It was a decent stadium and the student section was great. The fans treated us well and I thought the campus was beautiful. I am excited to go back in a few years.

Beautiful Scott Stadium

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Scott Stadium is yet another gem located on the historic and beautiful grounds of the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers have been playing football here since 1931 and it is easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing college football stadiums in North America. Scott Stadium boasts the largest jumbo-tron in the state of Virginia and there is not a bad seat in the house. This place is beautiful and relatively clean as far as football stadiums go. Football is not UVA’s strength, but Scott Stadium more than makes up for the program’s lack of success.

Scott Stadium!

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I've been to the Campus of UVA before but last season I had my first chance to catch a Hoo's Football game. I lucked out as it was the first ESPN Thursday Night game on campus in quite a few years.

There was a buzz around the Stadium before hand and traffic was bad from the afternoon on. Because traffic was so rough, I wound up parking at a Mall parking light that was right across the street from Campus. The walk through the campus to the stadium was very scenic and filled with people enjoying those last few drops of "juice".

The game was competitive til the 3rd quarter when UVA had a late turnover in the red zone. The air was let out of the stadium and the fans never regained that momentum. I had a great time and would love to take another journey back to Charlottesville.

An underrated stadium with a lot of potential

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

The University of Virginia has a lot going for it. From the classy dress to the rich history and tradition. Saturday's in Charlottesville are a fantastic experience for a very decent price. You can scalp seats for sometimes $10. With the daunting schedule every year the team fails to make bowl eligibility, but that provides football fans with the opportunity to see the likes of Boise State, Notre Dame, and Oregon. I would recommend a visit to Scott Stadium in the near future. It was well worth the trip!

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