September 15, 2006
Charlottesville will host thousands of guests for UVa's homecoming game and this year there are some new surprises.
The first new event isn't even on grounds. Country singer Brad Paisley is performing at the John Paul Jones Arena. This is the first in what hopes to be a tradition of a major headliner the night before the game with hopes that it will bring Cavalier fans in town and to the game.
The University has already began setting up tents and signs in preparation for thousands of guests. Friday at 7 p.m. former Coach George Welsh will break down the game outside alumni Hall.
On Saturday there will be a pre-game tailgate at noon and post game tailgate at 7 p.m. Both are at alumni hall.
It's also the first year for the young alumni tailgate on the Upper Nameless Field, which is behind Memorial Gym.
During the game, there will be an all sports reunion. The University is bringing back as many former athletes as possible to recognize on the field. It's not just football, but also volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and crew just to name a few.
"What we've been doing over time is rebuilding homecoming so that it is a more exciting time. So this really is a big push for us to build something that really wasn't there like it is at most large state universities," said Wayne Cozart Director of Alumni Activities.
Organizers say they hope this year will be the biggest and best yet.