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University Of Virginia Announces Important Information For Those Holding Tickets To Oct. 6 Rolling Stones Concert

September 29, 2005 -- Those holding — or seeking — tickets to the Oct. 6 Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium should be aware of several items.

New tickets available
On Sept. 26, concert promoters put additional tickets on sale at all price levels. As of noon on Sept. 27, tickets were still available. For information, go to www.ticketmaster.com or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets also may be charged by phone at (Charlottesville) 888-808-8660, (Blacksburg) 540-951-8427, (Lynchburg) 434-846-8100, (Roanoke) 540-343-8100, (Williamsburg) 757-872-8100 (Richmond) 804-262-8100, (Norfolk/Va. Beach) 757-671-8100.

Chance to win on-stage seats
All ticket-holders will have a chance to use their text-messaging cell phones to win a seat on the stage. Upon entry into Scott Stadium until approximately 7:30 p.m., concert-goers simply text-message the word STONES to the number 25852 (from U.S. cell phones)  or 24680 (from Canadian cell phones) for a chance to be upgraded to “on-stage” seats. The contest will be open only to those already inside the stadium. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by return text message. Contest winners will each be allowed to bring one guest as they are escorted on stage. 

Ticket difficulties
For information on ticket issues or problems, with tickets purchased through Ticketmaster via phone, outlet or Internet, call (888) 808-8660. For all other box office-related ticket issues, come to the ticket booths on the west side of Scott Stadium, which open at 10 a.m. on the day of the show.

TicketMaster will-call tickets may be picked up at those tickets booths any time that day, with two exceptions that must be picked up after 5 p.m.: on-stage tickets and any other will-call pick-up, including those with ticket problems.

Lost, stolen or destroyed tickets purchased with cash at the box office or at an outlet will not be replaced. There will be no refunds or exchanges.

Parking
Most of the reserved parking spaces nearest the stadium have sold out, with only a few exceptions. Reserved spaces still remain for buses, limousines and people with disabilities who have handicap plates or placards. For information, call (434) 924-7231.

For everyone else, there are still nonreserved options available:

  • An estimated 1,500 spaces will be sold for $10 apiece on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the concert, at these three University garages: Emmet/Ivy, Central Grounds and Health System South.
  • Those who are willing to walk a little may park for free at University Hall or the Fontaine Research Park, where about 1,000 spaces will be available beginning at 5:30. Additionally, concert-goers with a DMV handicap placard but without reserved permits may park at The Park, near the Law School and intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Massie Road, and catch a free ride on a shuttle bus to the stadium’s east and west gates.
  • Charlottesville Transit Service will run a shuttle service from downtown beginning at 6:15 p.m. on the night of the concert. The buses will pick up passengers along Market Street at 2nd and 5th streets, and along Water Street at 3rd Street and the Omni Hotel, then drop them off on McCormick Road near the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Thornton Hall). The cost will be $3 per round trip. The buses are handicapped accessible.

Traffic will follow the usual patterns for home football games. From 5:30 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m., and again from 10:30 p.m. until midnight, access to Stadium Road (from Emmet Street/Jefferson Park Avenue to Fontaine Avenue), Alderman Road (from Fontaine Avenue to Ivy Road) and McCormick Road (from Emmet Street to Alderman Road) will be restricted to concert permit-holders. After the concert, Fontaine Avenue traffic will be restricted to westbound traffic only between Maury Avenue and U.S. 29.

Those who need additional information may e-mail parking@virginia.edu, or call (434) 924-7231.

Approximately 1,500 premium spaces nearest the stadium were sold through a lottery conducted by U.Va.’s Department of Parking & Transportation. Those spaces will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m., well before the concert’s scheduled 7 p.m. start.

Tail-gating
Tail-gating will be permitted in the reserved lots, and at the Fontaine Research Park and University Hall lots, as long as activities do not impede access to additional parking spaces; tail-gating is not permitted in University garages. However, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited for this event, both in University parking lots and inside the stadium. University parking lots (and stadium gates) open at 5:30 p.m. The opening act, Trey Anastasio, takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Restricted items
The following items may not be brought into the stadium: containers (water bottles, coolers, etc.), umbrellas, weapons, audio/visual recorders including cameras and camera-phones, artificial noisemakers (bells, horns, etc.), items that can be thrown (i.e. flying discs), food, beverages, signs on sticks or poles, bags, backpacks, large strollers (umbrella strollers OK).

Allowable items include purses and personal handbags, diaper bags, pocketbooks, fanny packs, cell phones without cameras, binoculars. All bags will be inspected at the gate.

Harley-Davidson lottery to benefit U.Va. Children’s Hospital

The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital will be selling raffle tickets to win a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle signed by The Rolling Stones. Tickets will be sold for $5 each or a book of five for $20. The final drawing will be held Dec. 2 at Shenandoah Harley Davidson in Staunton. Entrants must be 18 or older. The motorcycle comes with a trailer and two helmets.

The raffle is sponsored by the Charlottesville Chapter of the Log-A-Load for Kids, a national organization of loggers and other forestry-related businesses that raises funds for children’s hospitals. Proceeds from this raffle will go towards pediatric research and efforts to help families who bring their children to U.Va. Children’s Hospital.With over 100,000 patient visits each year, U.Va. Children’s Hospital is the premier children’s hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

To support the life-saving efforts of U.Va. Children’s Hospital, look for the motorcycle display at the following locations:

  • Battlefield Ford Dealership on Pantops Mountain in Albemarle County
  • Plan 9 Records locations in Richmond, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville
  • The Department of Forestry Headquarters in Charlottesville
  • Shenandoah Harley-Davidson in Staunton

Raffle tickets also may be purchased online at www.uvachildrensevents.org. For additional contest/hospital details, call the Public Relations Office at the University of Virginia Health System at (434) 924-5679 or Cellar Door Concerts at (757) 368-3000. 

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Note: A parking and traffic map can be mailed electronically or download map here.

Contacts:
Parking: (434) 924-7231, Press; U.Va. News, (434) 924-7116


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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