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Scott Stadium

The Carl Smith Center, Home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the home of the Virginia Cavaliers football team. It sits on the University of Virginia’s West Grounds, across from first-year dorms on Alderman Road. Constructed in 1931, it is the oldest Division I football stadium in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It occasionally hosts other events, such as concerts for bands that can fill an entire stadium, such as U2 (2009), The Rolling Stones (2005), and the Dave Matthews Band (2001). The Virginia High School League held its Group AAA Division 5 and 6 State Championship games at the stadium in December 2007 and will return for the 2009 season. The facility has also hosted the Division I NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 1977 and 1982 and the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament in 2008.

Built as a replacement for the old Lambeth Field or "Colonnades," Scott Stadium bears the name of donor and University Rector Frederic Scott, and held 25,000 spectators at opening. The stadium had a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and specifically Monticello Mountain out the south end of the stadium. An artificial turf system was installed in 1974, making impossible a long tradition of a mounted Cavalier riding into the stadium with the football team. David A. Harrison III provided a gift allowing natural grass to be reinstalled in the stadium, and the Cavalier has ridden into Scott every game since 1995. Another unique feature of Scott Stadium is the Adventures of Cavman, which takes place a few minutes prior to kickoff, on the videoboard. In this computer generated skit, the mascot of the opposing team is causing trouble on the Grounds of UVA, and the Cavalier slays him, then rides to the stadium via the Grounds. After the skit is over, the live Cavalier rides onto the field accompanied by orange and blue fireworks.

Traditionally, males wear coats and ties and females wear sundresses to games, which is also tradition at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. Beginning during the 2003 season, however, head coach Al Groh called upon fans to set aside traditional attire for orange clothing. Over the following seasons, many fans took to wearing orange t-shirts with slogans like "Orange Crush," "Orange Fever", "Al’s Idiots" and "Sea of Orange". See image above and notice the orange-colored student section, to the left of where the band was sitting. (There are actually two UVa bands present on Grounds: the 250-piece Cavalier Marching Band, led by a professional band director, and the much smaller Virginia Pep Band, led by fellow students, though the latter only performs outside for the tailgating crowd).

The t-shirt movement has been welcomed by many, but ties and sundresses can still be easily spotted at Scott Stadium among students and alumni. Some have compromised by wearing ties with orange dress shirts or orange sundresses. Many students and alumni feel the "Sea of Orange" was forced on them by Groh without any indication that it translates to results on the field (or an explanation of why ties have not held back, for instance, Alabama). The Cavalier Daily, the University’s daily student-published newspaper, weighed in on the debate in its September 1, 2005, lead editorial.The Declaration, an alternative weekly news magazine at the University, also ran a feature story on the debate prior to the 2006 home opener.

The 2008 season marked the debut of the athletics department’s "Power of Orange" marketing campaign. Nike released the official orange t-shirt, while orange towels bearing the logo were distributed to all fans at the home opener to achieve an "orange out". Famous alumni will be utilized at every home game to raise a large Power of Orange flag just before kickoff at the top of The Hill. However, 2008 also marked the first coordinated effort to counter the orange t-shirt movement with the Tees Overseas campaign.Organizers asked first-year students who received free Power of Orange t-shirts at a move-in block party to donate them and support University tradition. The campaign then expanded to accept any new or old orange t-shirts. Donations will be shipped to World Vision, a global service agency, for distribution in an impoverished area.