U.Va. Football Parking and Traffic for Thursday Game on Oct. 19

Oct. 17, 2006 -- Because this week’s Thursday night home football game will occur amidst ongoing University classes and operations, and will coincide with an event at the John Paul Jones Arena, the parking options available to football fans will be reduced compared to typical Saturday games, particularly in the central Grounds vicinity. However, a variety of parking options will be available to accommodate the 60,000 football fans expected to attend the nationally televised showdown against North Carolina in Scott Stadium, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

A simultaneous performance of Disney on Ice at the John Paul Jones Arena, starting at 7 p.m., will bring up to 3,000 additional visitors, parking at the arena. As a result, football parking will be extremely limited around University Hall and unavailable on the arena side of Massie Road.

Thursday’s regular schedule of University classes will limit the football parking available in both the Emmet/Ivy Garage and the Central Grounds garage. Football parking in either garage, as available, will be $10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Before that time, regular hourly rates will apply. 

All other parking options offered this season will be available, starting two hours before the game (5:30 p.m.), rather than the typical three hours before kickoff. First-come first-served free parking is available at the Fontaine Research Park or the North Grounds, a 20- or 30-minute walk to the stadium, respectively. There will be a free shuttle to the stadium from the North Grounds location for those with disabilities. The free parking around University Hall will be extremely limited, but will include an area set aside for RV parking. Due to road closures for the game, there will be no normal University bus service. 

First-come first-served pay parking options include the Health System South garage ($10), a 20-minute walk from Scott Stadium. The downtown parking garages on Water St. and Market St. offer football parking for $4. Charlottesville Transit Service will offer a round-trip shuttle to and from the stadium, picking up from all regular downtown CTS stops, for $5. 

Street Closings
At 5:30 p.m. police will close the following roads near the stadium: Alderman Road from Fontaine Avenue to Ivy Road; Stadium Road to Jefferson Park Avenue; and McCormick Road from Emmet St. to Alderman Road. These sections of Alderman and McCormick roads will also be closed after the game until traffic has dispersed.

Traffic Advisory
Automotive and pedestrian traffic will be heavy on Emmet Street, U.S. 29, U.S. 250, University Avenue and all streets adjacent to Scott Stadium and University Hall for approximately two hours before the game and one hour following the game. 

If you car is towed, contact U.Va. Police at 924-7166.


This season’s Thursday night home football game will bring 60,000 fans onto Grounds in late afternoon, and many U.Va. parking lots must be vacated by 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 to make room. The nationally televised showdown against North Carolina, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m., coincides with a performance of Disney on Ice at the John Paul Jones Arena, starting at 7 p.m., which will bring up to 3,000 additional visitors, parking at the arena.

The permit-holders from 20 parking lots around Grounds who must move their cars by 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 have been notified by mail, and fliers will be distributed in those areas before and on game day. Cars not removed on time will be towed. In such cases, contact U.Va. Police at 924-7166.

The University will maintain all normal operations during that day, but departments are authorized to use their discretion in the numbers of employees that will be required to maintain services. For those operations that can support it, managers are encouraged to use modified schedules, such as starting shifts earlier or working four 10-hour days that week, to allow employees to depart by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Employees who can depart by 4 p.m. should park in their normal locations.

If staffing or schedules cannot be modified, employees will still be expected to report to work as usual. Normal compensation policies and procedures remain in effect and a grace period for late arrival or early departure will not be granted.

Employee parking after 4 p.m.
Employees who are not able to vacate an impacted parking lot by 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 should park in the Emmet/Ivy Garage where a regular green permit hangtag or sticker will be honored for that day. Should the garage fill, officers will be on-site to assist permit holders in finding parking accommodations appropriate for their needs, which may include parking at University Hall or the John Paul Jones Arena in areas not being used by Disney on Ice attendees.

Bus Service
Additional Green Route bus service will be running throughout the day (until 12:30 a.m.) from the Emmet/Ivy Garage to Central Grounds and the Health System via Emmet Street to address the increased demand. The Central Grounds Shuttle will operate until 5:30 p.m. All other University bus service will end at 3:30 p.m.

For parking questions about accommodations for classes, research and other academic programs, contact Kathy White at kmw7f@virginia.edu. For questions about employee schedules, contact Carrie Harper at 924-4404 or cbh4u@virginia.edu.