CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2014 football schedules for its member institutions today. Virginia’s slate features 12 regular-season games, including seven home contests. Starting times for all contests and the home game designated for Homecomings will be announced at a later date. The Cavaliers will play six of their first eight games at home at Scott Stadium.
Virginia’s annual matchup with in-state rival Virginia Tech will be played on Friday, Nov. 28 in Blacksburg. It marks the first time since the 1996 season the teams have played on the Friday following Thanksgiving. That game was also played in Blacksburg. Both UVa and Virginia Tech will play on the previous Saturday (Nov. 22) before this season’s Friday matchup.
“The coaching staff and student-athletes are focused on the process of preparing each and every day to be in a position to execute our assignments on game day,” said Virginia coach Mike London. “This schedule will require that we maximize our opportunities to get better as a football program and we’re eager for the opportunity to get back on the practice field to get ready for the 2014 season.”
Virginia will play home games against UCLA (Aug. 30), Richmond (Sept. 6), Louisville (Sept. 13), Kent State (Sept. 27), Pitt (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Oct. 25) and Miami (Nov. 22).
Virginia will travel for games at BYU (Sept. 20), Duke (Oct. 18), Georgia Tech (Nov. 1), Florida State (Nov. 8) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 28).
The Cavaliers will have bye weeks on Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. UVa does not face ACC opponents Boston College, NC State, Wake Forest, Syracuse or Clemson in 2014. The 2014 season is the first year the ACC will feature Louisville as a conference member.
The Cavaliers will face a total of 10 teams that appeared in postseason bowl games in 2013, including BCS National Champion Florida State. Four other opponents won bowl games, including UCLA (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Louisville (Russell Athletic Bowl), Pitt (Little Caesars Bowl) and North Carolina (Belk Bowl). The other opponents that appeared in bowl games last season are Miami, BYU, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
Virginia’s game against Louisville will mark the first meeting between the teams as ACC opponents and the first game in the series since 1989. UVa and the Cardinals split a pair of games in 1988 and 1989. UCLA and Kent State are first-time opponents for the Cavaliers.
Season tickets for the 2014 season will be on sale for renewals and new buyers starting Feb. 28 at four price levels based on seating locations at Scott Stadium: $316, $278, $221, and $181. UVa faculty and staff may purchase up to four season tickets at a 20 percent discount.
Season ticket holders receive discounted pricing compared to the single-game ticket price, preferred seating location options within each price level, the ability to purchase reserved parking for the season, and the opportunity to participate in a payment plan that spreads out payments for up to five months.
Both fans renewing their season tickets and new buyers are encouraged to make their purchase by the April 11 priority seating deadline.