‘What Cloud 9 in sports feels like’: Thousands turn out for UVA championship celebration

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — University of Virginia fans packed the Scott Stadium in Charlottesville Saturday to celebrate their national champion Wahoos once again.

It’s been 80 years since the inaugural NCAA tournament, but the first time UVA gets to call themselves champions — and fans couldn’t be happier. 

“Now I know what Cloud 9 in sports feels like,” said lifelong UVA fan Jim Davies. 

Davies said 50 plus years of watching University of Virginia basketball and finally winning a championship was something “we always wanted and to finally have it happen, I wasn’t going to miss it.”

It’s that type of devotion that drove the men’s basketball team all season en route to a championship.

“This is our united celebration that brought everybody together,” said UVA men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett. “I’m in awe of this, this is more than I ever expected so thank you for being here and this is a great day to celebrate.”

Through the highs and lows, Terry Martin has seen them all as a lifelong fan. He says this championship, however, makes all the hardship worth it. 

“It’s just years of relief and frustration that were released at that time and it was just an unbelievable feeling that I would love to feel again,” he said. 

Martin believes it can happen, sooner rather than later, adding: “it’s very possible we could go back-to-back.” 

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