October 11, 2006
For years, the name of a road leading to UVa--Seminole Trail--has troubled some fans, who see it as a nod to Florida State. Now a group of fans is trying to get the name changed.
A group of UVa fans has taken their case to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
“The board hasn't had any official discussion about it or taken any action,” said Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin.
However, they say a group has talked with them on behalf of the university's basketball team and other interested fans who don't want their rivals, the Seminoles, greeted by a street in their name.
“Seminole Trail reminds you of Florida State Seminoles, I don't like Florida State,” said UVa Fan Randy Donovan.
So then it begs the question: what should they rename it?
“Ray’s Road, Ray’s Road,” said Ray Librandi.
That won't work. The fans want a more Virginian sounding name like Cavalier Way or Cavalier Trail.
“If they want to change that’s fine, but maybe something more generic since there are a lot of businesses named after Seminole,” said Librandi.
They are businesses the fans will have to approach if they’re serious. The county says they would have to get half of the property owners along Route 29 to sign a petition before the matter could officially go before the board.
“That would be pretty complicated given the number of businesses and resident along the road,” said Catlin.
Seminole Trail turns into Emmett Street in Charlottesville. So if the UVa fans want a UVa themed road all the way to the stadium they would have to get the city involved as well.
So it seems a long hard road lies ahead, but maybe not too impossible to travel for die hard Virginia fans.