Before First Football Game, UVA Fans ‘Paint the Town Orange’
Fridays on the downtown mall are almost always busy, but this time it was more crowded than usual. With the first home University of Virginia football game Saturday afternoon, students and fans painted the town orange.
Spirit squads were on the mall handing out UVA gear to students, alumni and fans, all excited to cheer on the football team and start the season off right. The marching band, cheerleaders and the mascot marched and danced from one end of the mall to the other, where they filed into the pavilion.
Paint the Town Orange is an annual tradition where fans and students flood the downtown mall, decked out in blue and orange, to wish their team well.
UVA starts its football season against Brigham Young University Saturday at Scott Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.
Coach Mike London took the stage Friday night, pumped up about the season.
"I feel like playing now," he said. "I want to play right now - let's go."
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