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Thousands Descend on Charlottesville for UVA Homecomings

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A steady stream of Wahoo fans are descending on Charlottesville for homecomings Friday night. Thousands of people are flocking to the area this weekend and the only people happier than University of Virginia alumni back in town for the big game, are Charlottesville businesses.

Dan Rice, a UVA grad, said, "It's very much a feeling of just coming home not coming back to college, but coming home."

The alumni association says their young alumni reunion is expecting a record 3,000 people from the four most recent graduating classes alone.

Jess Sumpter, with the alumni association, said, "Of course living in Charlottesville there'll probably be a lot of traffic around grounds but also a lot of smiling faces, happy alumni back to enjoy grounds and Charlottesville in general."

Alumni like Rice are happy to be back. "I moved from Indianapolis and there's not many UVA graduates there, so it's been a little bit difficult transition moving there but coming, you know it's really like coming home to see all your friends here," he said.

And businesses in the area are glad to see them. Hotels are filled to the brim. The Red Roof Inn started booking rooms a year ago for this weekend.

"The amount of phone calls that we've received from alumni is greater than any weekend that I've seen and the pickup for this weekend was enormous," said Wilson Quaintance, who works in sales at the Red Roof Inn.

Restaurants on the corner are fully staffed. At Trinity Irish Pub they're expecting a big crowd of fans Saturday.

Brian Sheehan, the manager at Trinity, said, "The Maryland game there should be some away fans as well as normal rowdy UVA football fans."

The game against ACC rival University of Maryland kicks off at 3:00 p.m., but that's not the only thing alumni are excited about.

"I feel for like a lot of people though going to the game is actually secondary to seeing all the great people that you went to college with," said Rice.

The alumni association says homecomings has grown tremendously at UVA in the past few years, and this year we could see a record number of alumni back on grounds.

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