- full open bar, with premium liquor and beer
- multiple full buffet menus
- all volunteer, alumni club driven event
- Best Dressed Contest
- Best Hat Contest
All University Row Anchor tents offer their hospitality on a reciprocal basis to all other Row participants—so no matter which group has invited you, you are welcome throughout the entire enclosed area! And guests who did not attend any of the sponsoring groups are also encouraged to attend.
Picket fencing allows us to have a "common terrace" area in front of the Row, as well as a "common rail" area between the North Rail and each tent. Furthermore, the fence and off-duty police also enhance our private security, allowing our guests to enjoy themselves without the overcrowding caused by those lovable, but unwelcome crashers.
University Row guests enjoy a catered lunch buffet. Beverages are in easy reach of every tent and are available to all throughout the space. University Row tents are served by a catering staff of over 40 seasoned event specialists.
University Row features the most space per guest of any remotely-comparable gathering along North Rail. Unlike groups that cram more than 3 busloads of people into each tent area to lower costs and maximize profit, we limit crowd density to about 115 people per tent and terrace space. This translates into a more enjoyable experience for all: More room to eat; more space to roam; and less jostling of elbows and tempers. And, while the Virginia Gold Cup is listed as a "rain-or-shine event", it is significantly more enjoyable when the sun is shining—so a little extra space is helpful in the event of inclement weather.
Guests of Anchors participating in the University Row bus pool can arrive at the designated departure point at any time with a window of about an hour and a half. They may linger and enjoy drinks and light breakfast fare and catch one of the final buses. Or they may board the next bus and leave for The Plains as soon as the bus is filled.
University Row is a 100% volunteer-run effort and has no profit motive to feed. Tents are sponsored and managed by officially-chartered non-profit alumni groups, with help from the central steering committee of the Alumni Events Alliance. A strict standard of ethics binds all who participate as Anchors or Tent Partners. Guests are invited at the discretion of tent organizers.
See you at the Races!