1. UVA Basketball Hall of Fame
Make sure to stop by the UVA Basketball Hall of Fame before taking your seat. The Hall of Fame is home to jerseys, trophies, and other artifacts from the Cavaliers past making it a must see for college basketball fans.
2. The Hoo Crew
The Hoo Crew is the name of the student section at Virginia. They are known as one of the best student sections in the nation and even won the 2014 Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. Enjoy the atmosphere provided by The Hoo Crew and join in on their chants to show your support for the Cavaliers.
3. Delay Free Radio
One of the coolest things about attending a UVA basketball game is the delay free radio broadcasts. Inside John Paul Jones Arena you can get broadcasts from 91.5 FM that are delay-free matching the commentary to the action on the court.
4 Virginia-Virginia Tech Rivalry
Virginia and Virginia Tech have an intense rivalry, and things have only heated up even more recently with Tech’s move to the ACC in 2004. The Hokies may get the better of the Cavaliers in football, but when it comes to basketball Virginia holds an 89-54 lead in the all-time series. The fans and schools flat out do not like each other, and you’ll see plenty of venom between the two fan bases on game days, so don’t miss your chance to see this fierce rivalry in person.
Hoos is what UVA fans affectionately call the players and team. The legend is that the term originated from Washington & Lee baseball fans calling Virginia players “Wahoos” during the hotly contested rivalry the two schools shared in the 1890s. Since then the Wahoos has been shortened to Hoos by the school newspaper and has stuck ever since.
Don’t miss Cavman when attending a Virginia basketball game. The lovable mascot can be seen all throughout the game interacting with fans and leading cheers, so enjoy his antics when attending a Cavaliers basketball game.
Hanging from the rafters of John Paul Jones Arena are banners honoring the Cavaliers runs to the Final Four in 1981 and 1984 as well as the program’s seven ACC championships. The banners do an excellent job of showcasing Virginia’s impressive basketball history, so take them in before the game starts.
8. Pep Band
The Virginia pep band does an outstanding job of creating a fun atmosphere inside John Paul Jones Arena. The band plays a variety of UVA favorites including “The Cavalier Song” and “The Good Old Song” so enjoy the music.
9. Virginia-North Carolina Rivalry
The Cavaliers and Tar Heels have one of the oldest rivalries in college football, and the two schools don’t get along on the hardwood either. There are always a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two meet, so make sure to be in attendance when the Tar Heels come to town.
10. Spirit Squads
The spirit squads put on an incredible show and do a great job of pumping up the crowd. The pageantry of a Virginia basketball game is amazing, so soak it all in when attending a game.