ODU Football vs Virginia Tech

Where to watch, hang out & have fun in Norfolk

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ODU Football Hosts Virginia Tech

On Saturday, ODU will host its most-anticipated opponent in program history, as the No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies visit S.B. Ballard Stadium for the first time. It will be the first of six trips scheduled for the Hokies to play ODU in Norfolk between 2018 and 2031.

“The anticipation and excitement level has been building for this game for a long time from both schools. Monarch fans have marked this date on their calendars for several years and Hokie fans, many whom live here in Hampton Roads, have been waiting for the day their team returned to play a game in their backyard,” remarked ODU Director of Athletics, Dr. Wood Selig. Selig continued, “Tickets sales have been brisk all summer long due in large part to this game. We expect to have the largest crowd inside S.B. Ballard Stadium we’ve ever had, but with our capacity capped at 20,118, we are approaching this from a game operations standpoint as normal. I expect a great game and a terrific atmosphere. I hope that everyone coming to Norfolk this weekend enjoys their experience.”

Don't have tickets to the game? Scroll down for information on local watch parties!

Aerial view of ODU stadium at night

Game Day Details

Alumni Tailgates

Both schools’ alumni associations will host pre-game tailgates on Kaufman Mall. Tailgate tickets can be purchased through the respective alumni associations. Food and drink are included with the ticket.

Tailgating Times and Policies

Tailgating areas will open four (4) hours prior to kickoff. TAILGATING AT HALFTIME AND DURING THE GAME IS PROHIBITED and fans must vacate the parking lots no later than two hours after the completion of the game. For a full list of tailgating policies, along with a parking map, refer to the 2018 ODU Football Fan Guide.

Game Parking

Surface parking and most garage parking on campus are reserved for ODU ticket holders and donors. Free public parking is available in the garages on either side of the Ted Constant Convocation Center (43rd street and 45th street sides). As necessary, overflow lots for vehicular and RV parking will be made available. Game day staff will direct non-assigned vehicles accordingly. For a parking map and more information about game day parking refer to the ODU Football Fan Guide above.

Please pay attention to no parking signs and do not block driveways on neighborhood streets around ODU's campus. Parking rules and regulations will be strictly enforced.

Click here for a parking map and more information about game day parking.

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Getting Around Norfolk

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the region’s public transportation system,which includes bus and light rail system. The Tide, connects travelers and commuters with 10 stops, 5 of which are within the Downtown corridor.

​Pace Norfolk, the region’s first bike share system, is available in Downtown and throughout the city of Norfolk. Pace is a dockless bike share service powered by Zagster, that allows users to rent and return bikes with their smartphones at any public or Pace bike rack.

Shuttles Available

Shuttles will be available from 11AM to 10PM on Saturday with the following drop off/pick up areas:

45th Street at Hampton Boulevard

Waterside District

Martin's Lane (The Main & Waterside Marriott)


Please pay attention to no parking signs and do not block driveways on neighborhood streets around ODU's campus. Parking rules and regulations will be strictly enforced.

Arriving Early?

Town Point Concert Series Featuring:


With special guest Tall Heights

Plan on being in Norfolk ahead of time to catch this FREE concert at Town Point Park on Thursday, September 20 along the downtown waterfront.

There will be a special guest appearance from ODU Athletics in honor of the game during the concert! Norfolk Festevents welcomes football lovers everywhere to Town Point Park in celebration of the largest football kick-off weekend in ODU football history!

General admission to the concert is free and entrance is open to the public. Attendees have the option to upgrade their experience by purchasing a Preferred Viewing ticket near the front-center of the stage.

Guests should grab their lawn chairs, bring a blanket and scout out that perfect spot on the grass in the Park to enjoy the show. Hungry guests may frequent food trucks and purchase beverages at the Mercury Bar throughout the evening.

Park opens at 5:00PM, Tall Heights start at 6:00 PM, Colony House starts at 8:00PM

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Waterside aerial view

Hokies & Monarchs Joint Pep Rally at Waterside District

The Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the ODU Alumni Association are hosting a joint pep rally Friday, September 21 at Waterside District starting at 8:00PM. There will be music, videos and special guests.

This event is FREE to attend!

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Watch Parties

Don't have tickets to the game? Join fellow fans at one of these Norfolk hotspots:

The Dirty Buffalo

Arrive early to catch their Food Paradise episode on the Travel channel at noon.

Waterside District

View the game on their big screen in The Market.

A.W. Shucks

Considered the locals' favorite raw bar, it's the perfect place to catch the game and enjoy fresh seafood.


Located just blocks from ODU, enjoy the game and Southern favorites.

Tap It Local

Stick around after the game to hear local reggae band, Cultivated Minds, starting at 9PM. Reservations are available here.

Places to Stay in Norfolk

Norfolk has many reasons for you to stay, starting with accommodations. The city offers options for every preference and budget, from downtown high-rise hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. No matter where you stay, expect a comfortable visit packed with Virginia hospitality.

ODU Area Hotel:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

​​Downtown Hotels:

Courtyard Norfolk Downtown

Norfolk Hilton The Main

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Residence Inn Downtown

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Wyndham Garden Norfolk

Ocean View Area Hotels:

Best Western

Econo Lodge

Motel 6

Super 8 Ocean View

Hilton The Main in Downtown Norfolk