You think fans are excited about this year’s University of Virginia football team?
So many UVA students came out for Friday night’s home-opening victory against William & Mary that some of them had to be moved to an overflow seating area.
Just as impressive was the turnout from other members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities.
Tailgaters, whom UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall credited earlier in the week for firing up his players, were out in full force.
Hyped-up fans of all ages filed into Scott Stadium well before kickoff.
In all, a crowd of 45,250 – bigger than any last season – took in the Cavaliers' 52-17 win at Scott Stadium.
And then there was everyone else watching on TV, listening on the radio or following along on social media.
In case you missed it, here’s how the evening played out on Twitter.
These unis at night are a sight to see— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) September 7, 2019
When the game started, it was all Hoos.
UVA forced the Tribe into a quick three-and-out, then took an early 7-0 lead when Bryce Perkins connected with Joe Reed on a 40-yard touchdown pass.
A short time later, Nick Grant scored on a 85-yard interception return. That was followed by a methodical drive that concluded with a 7-yard touchdown run by Perkins to give UVA a commanding 21-0 lead.
And the first quarter wasn’t even over yet.
It was clear sailing from there.
Sorry to Nash Griffin’s family who traveled 9 hours watch him never punt because we are a very very good football team— Kyle J Guy (@kylejguy5) September 7, 2019
Suffice to say, Wahoo fans liked what they saw.
This is a joy to watch. #GoHoos— Aaron Perryman (@hooamp) September 7, 2019
Crowd looks awesome at Scott stadium— Kyle J Guy (@kylejguy5) September 7, 2019
Fans also appeared to be loving some of the new facets of the game-day experience, including the beer gardens.
Band playing Bohemian Rhapsody >> Band playing Disney favorites.— WahooBasketball (@WahooBasketball) September 7, 2019
I’m seeing improvements all over the place.
Next up: The Hoos will look to go 3-0 when they host Florida State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.