The University of Virginia has cancelled multiple athletic events today due to safety concerns caused by the white nationalist rallies that have broken out in the city since Friday night.
Last night, hundreds of torch-wielding protesters, some of whom adorned Confederate and Nazi flags and paraphernalia, marched around UVA’s campus to protest the potential removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the assembly, which has turned violent this morning, unlawful.
As a result, Virginia has cancelled a men’s soccer exhibition, as well as a pair of football team events:
Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today (Saturday) effective at noon. This cancellation includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming. The University is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.
The men’s soccer exhibition game vs. Wright State at 1 p.m. and the Football Meet the Team and Movie Night event this evening are both cancelled.
The UVA Medical Center remains open.
We hope everyone in the Charlottesville area stays safe today.