Join fellow alumni, parents, friends, and fans in Chicago and South Bend as the Virginia Cavaliers take on Notre Dame. The University of Virginia has multiple fan events planned including a Wahoo Welcome, the Cavalier Countdown Tailgate, a museum tour, and post game meet-up. Please note the time zone of each event below. We hope you will join us to celebrate UVA and the Cavalier football team!
Fan events and activities sponsored by Advancement’s Office of Engagement in partnership with the Virginia Athletics Foundation, University of Virginia Athletics, and the UVA Bookstore.
Friday, September 27
8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CT
The Builders Building
222 North Lasalle Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60601
All alumni, parents, friends, and fans are invited to join us for our Wahoo Welcome Party! Enjoy appetizers with a cash bar, dance the evening away with a variety of music, get your fan gear, and get ready for the big game!
$15 In Advance | $20 At the Door (based on capacity)
Free for children 18 and under
Chicago Architecture Center Docent-Led Tour – Sold Out
2:00 p.m. CT
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Two-minute walk from the UVA fan hotel – Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel
The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the city’s new all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits and a gateway to more than 85 awe-inspiring city tours!
Join UVA’s Lifetime Learning as we make available for you and other UVA fans a complimentary 45-minute tour of “Insider’s Guide to the Galleries” led by Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) docents.
Walk-ups may be accommodated, based on capacity.
Saturday, September 28
UVA Cavalier Countdown Tailgate
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
UVA Tailgate Tent in the Parking Lot at 1412 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617
Join fellow Wahoo fans before the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. All alumni, parents, friends, and fans are invited to attend. Enjoy a casual lunch buffet, select complimentary beer (21 and over), non-alcoholic beverages, and a cash bar for wine and cocktails. Our tailgate is located on South Bend Avenue between Garland and Jacob streets. Game day parking information can be found here; a map of parking options is available here. Don’t forget to wear orange in support of the team and Go Hoos!
Please Note: The tailgate is held in Indiana, which is in the Eastern Time Zone. Please plan accordingly when planning transportation.
$40 In Advance | $50 At the Door (based on capacity)
Children 4-12 $15 In Advance | Children 4-12 $20 At the Door (based on capacity)
Free for children 3 and under
Cavalier Countdown Tailgate with Bus Transportation from Chicago
8:30 a.m. CT: Bus transportation from the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel begins
12:00 p.m. ET: Arrival to Cavalier Countdown Tailgate
3:30 p.m. ET: Game kicks-off
Return bus transportation – approximately 1 hour after the game concludes from the tailgate location
Leave the driving to us! We are offering round-trip charter bus transportation from the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel (151 East Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601) to the Cavalier Countdown Tailgate in South Bend. Boarding will begin on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT and buses will depart as they fill, with the last bus departing at 9:30 a.m. CT. The buses will begin to depart from South Bend 1 hour after the game concludes, leaving from the tailgate location.
Tickets to the football game are sold by independent, 3rd-party providers. A clear bag policy is in effect for the football game. Game day parking information can be found here; a map of parking options is available here. Our tailgate is located on South Bend Avenue between Garland and Jacob streets.
$75 Adults | $50 Children 12 & under
Wahoo Post Game Meet-up
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CT
BIG Bar, Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel
151 East Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
Join fellow UVA fans after the game for a casual meet-up at the BIG Bar at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Chicago from this mezzanine level lounge while wrapping up an exciting UVA weekend with fellow Wahoos!
Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28
UVA Fan Welcome & Hospitality Suite at the Fan Hotel
The Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel will serve as UVA’s fan central. Guests are invited to stop by and register or check-in for UVA Fan Events in advance. Spin the prize wheel to win UVA swag, take a commemorative Midwestern Wahoo Weekend photo, and have your picture taken with 3D Cav Man! In partnership with the UVA Bookstore.
• Friday, September 27 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT
• Saturday, September 28 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. CT
Located on the 2nd Floor, in Skyway Suite 260, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
UVA Fan Gear
Visit the UVA bookstore to get stocked up on all of your UVA fan gear.
Not Traveling to Chicago or South Bend? See if your local UVA Club is hosting a game watching event!