Onsite Registration & Location Info

Specials for both of our main registration locations have been provided in case you would like to grab breakfast ahead of heading out to The Plains or use one of the locations as a meeting point for any vehicle passengers. However, you can head straight to Great Meadow Park where our Onsite Registration starts at 11:00 AM and will end at 3 PM. University Row will close at 6PM.

Two important notes…

  • Be sure to bring your ID and ticket with you when you check in at University Row.
  • New arrivals after 3pm are not guaranteed access to the Row.

2016 University Row Map

urow map

Tent Locations:

1.  ACC

2.  The Ohio State University/University of Michigan/Big Ten & Friends

3.  SEC

4.  Virginia Schools and Georgetown University

5.  Big XII

6.  Ivy League

7.  Friends of the Row



General Information – Onsite


University Row programs are available at registration and virtually here on our website. Official VGCA programs are available for purchase at regular points around the course. They are essential if you wish to follow the races and the map is very helpful if you plan to explore.

Information Booths

VGCA runs a number of information booths. If you get lost or need assistance, look for one of the question mark signs fixed on raised poles.


For use during the day at University Row we have contracted for the best portable lavatories and attendant service available from Don’s Johns (the only bathroom vendor choice allowed by the Virginia Gold Cup Association). Bathrooms at University Row are for the exclusive use of our guests. Public restrooms are also available throughout Great Meadow and just outside the fences of University Row.


For directions to Great Meadow Park for attendance at University Row at the Virginia Gold Cup Races, please click here.


All Parking Passes have been mailed out this year, and should arrive no later than Thursday, May 5, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Forrest at forrest@universityrow.org.


Course Layout

The race course is divided into several areas: North Rail, South Rail, and Members Hill. Chalet tents are located along the rail itself, with the best views of the action; private tailgates are located in four bands behind the tents. South Rail is generally more of a family area, with lots of company tents. Members Hill, located near Winners Circle, separates South Rail from North Rail and is mainly comprised of corporate sponsor hospitality tents. North Rail is home to University Row and has been the liveliest area of the course since the Races moved to Great Meadow in 1985.




University Row Layout

Tent assignments have been finalized and a map will be available here soon; please refer to an official University Row map in your program or ask an AEA volunteer for locations. We suggest that you visit every University Row tent. The better you know what and where it is available, the happier your day will be.


University Row Security

As in years past, we have retained both uniformed and plain clothes off-duty law enforcement personnel to help us monitor our area. Additionally, we have hired private security to assist University Row staff in identifying and removing any crashers. Unauthorized entrants into University Row are subject to arrest.




The first Saturday of May at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is usually a day of strong sunshine. By Virginia standards, early May humidity is usually mild and is further softened by a light breeze slipping through the foothills. It is usually a few degrees cooler at The Plains than in Arlington, but race day weather does vary from year to year and even throughout the day, and we advise you to be prepared for temperature swings, wind, rain, and sun with intense UV.