University of Virginia has used the Scott Stadium since its opening in 1931 as the venue for their football program. The stadium was expanded several times and its capacity nearly tripled from 22000 when it was first opened to over 61500 seats with a record of Virginia Cavaliers tickets sold in August ‘08 when the attendance reached 64947 people watching home team’s loss to Southern California.For basketball fans at the university, the place to go to watch college hoops is the John Paul Jones Arena, which was opened in 2006 and can accommodate over 14500 fans on a game night.
Football at the University of Virginia was established in 1888 and basketball program was added to the school in 1905. The Cavaliers are members of Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).The university is represented by a costumed cavalier mascot whose name is CavMan. Colours behind the college are navy blue and orange.
University of Virginia’s main rivals are Maryland Terrapins, North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Tech Hokies.Football program at the University of Virginia had some short periods of great team play and success, especially in the 1990s, the Cavaliers brought three conference championships to the school, two of which come from competing in their current ACC.The Cavaliers’ all- time record stands at 643-586-48 and they appeared in 18 Bowl games where they compiled 7-11 record and their first appearance was a win against Purdue Boilermakers at the Peach Bowl in 1984. Currently the college is on two game losing streak and their last game was at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, in 2011 where they lost to Auburn Tigers.The university produced plenty of players who ended up playing in NFL teams, one of the notable Cavaliers in NFL was a running back, Tiki Barber who played all his 10 seasons for the Giants, resulting in him being the Giants franchise all- time leader in rushing attempts and rushing yards.Barber was also selected to three Pro Bowls and he belongs to 10000 Rushing Yards Club that is made of 29 current and former running backs.
Basketball program at the University of Virginia had some great period of the success in the 1980s and 1990s and the Cavaliers went to 20 NCAA tournaments including six appearances in the Elite Eight round and two in the Final Four that remain the best results to date achieved by the Cavaliers.The university was two times conference tournament champion and they also claimed 8 conference regular season titles, 7 coming from competing in the ACC.One of the better known Cavaliers that played in NBA was Ralph Johnson who was drafted first overall in 1983 by the Rockets. He spent 9 seasons in NBA where he was four times NBA All- Star, including NBA All- Star MVP. He was named the Rookie of the Year and he was named to All-NBA Second Team once. He was also a gold medallist from Pan American Games in 1979.University of Virginia has, despite a lack of overall team success and national championships, developed plenty of athletes who found themselves delivering a high quality performances once they reached the pro leagues.