Cav Fans Gear Up For First Home Game

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

September 9, 2006

While the Cavaliers were busy preparing to take on Wyoming, fans were busy getting their game faces on too.

It was a sea of orange Saturday as Charlottesville was flooded by members of the "Hoo crew" for the first home game of the Cavalier football season. Fans from every pocket of the nation flocked to Scott stadium, all looking to be a part of the excitement that is Cavalier football.

"I'm excited about [my friend] screaming and yelling because he comes up with the best chants ever," said 2nd year student Greg Crapanzano.

His friend, 2nd year student Christos Tsentas is excited about a little friendly rivalry.

"I'm just looking forward to before the game when the opposing teams come out and I can just yell at them and get in their head you know," said Tsentas.

Before opening kickoff, fans geared up for the day in true tailgater fashion, by fueling up on some impressive spreads. However for most, the experience is more than just burgers and beer. Bill Cunningham has been cheering on the Wahoos for 40 years now and said he just can't get enough of it.

"The atmosphere, love the stadium, love the town, love the team," Cunningham said.

What about those youngsters already bitten by the Cavalier bug? Well they're happy to be branded a future 'Hoo.

"We went to Fridays After Five and there were these cheerleader girls [there] who put tattoos on our faces," 5-year-old Allie Cognata explained.

Ticket holders and fans alike were very pleased with the attendance of the first home game.

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