Of Virginia Works To Repair Damage To Seats In Scott Stadium; Offers
Apology To Ticket Holders
September 13, 2004 --
of Virginia officials are working to repair damage to more than
3,200 seats in Scott Stadium that came loose
Saturday’s football game against the University of North
the start of the second quarter, University officials were notified
that bolts holding seats into the concrete in the
west side upper
deck of Scott Stadium had failed.
personnel and University officials, including Athletics Director
Craig K. Littlepage,
went to the area to assess the
situation and to take the necessary next steps for the safety
of the people
sitting in the sections where problems occurred.
and stadium staff worked to move as many people as possible
to other seating, but because of the sellout crowd,
few options. Some left the game when no seats could be found.
No injuries were reported.
is a serious situation and one of great concern. The safety of
every person attending a game in the stadium is a priority
of the University," said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice
president and chief operating officer. "We met with
contractors first thing Sunday to evaluate the damage and
to estimate the time
it will take to make the repairs and to get this right."
Sandridge said he wanted the job taken care of quickly,
he was more interested in seeing it done properly in
order to ensure
the security and confidence of those attending games.
fans were quick to alert us to the problem and were understanding
of the situation," Sandridge said. "We're
grateful for their help, and plan to show our appreciation
ticket holder in sections 530 through 536 will be offered an
option of receiving a $40 gift
for each ticket
in the affected sections redeemable at stadium merchandise
booths through the 2004 season or, if preferred,
receiving a $35 refund
for each ticket held in the affected sections, Littlepage
Littlepage will e-mail letters to ticket holders outlining the
details of what happened, alerting
them to the time frame
for repairs, and thanking them for their patience.
In addition, a hard
copy of the letter and the certificate will be
mailed later in the week.
what I saw and heard while touring the upper deck in the second
half, our fans were very patient and extremely supportive in
spite of the circumstances,” Littlepage
contractors were on site Sunday morning and repair work is due
to begin at noon today. Weather permitting, the
game against Akron.
summer, all seats in the west side upper deck -- part of a 1970’s
stadium addition -- were taken out in order to patch and
reseal the concrete surface. The seats were then reinstalled
using bolts and epoxy, as specified
by the project engineer. Preliminary inspections indicate
that the epoxy failed to hold.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-1400