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Official Review by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Opened in 1980, the new stadium replaced the original Mountaineer Field that existed since 1924. It was originally to be called Mountaineer Stadium, but the fans ignored this and called it New Mountaineer Field, with the "new" eventually falling into disuse. Mountaineer Field was constructed in 1980 on the former site of a golf course between the Law School and Medical School buildings. The old stadium, on the downtown campus, was razed in 1987. The seating area of the facility was renamed "Milan Puskar Stadium" in 2004, after a $20 million donation to the university by the founder of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
Mountaineer Field has a capacity of 50,000. It was expanded in 1985, 1986, 2004 and 2007. The largest crowd ever was 70,222 for the November 20, 1993 game against Miami.
John Denver’s "Take Me Home, Country Road" is a staple at the stadium. His September 6, 1980 visit is still in the memories of many fans.
Morgantown is the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia. Situated along the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia, and has a permanent population of around 30,000 people.
WVU has a great rivalry with the University of Pittsburgh, located not far away from Morgantown. Since Pitt is part of a different athletic conference than West Virginia, a yearly rivalry game has become increasingly difficult to schedule.
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Beer is the main emphasis here. This is one of the few on campus college stadiums that sells alcohol, and it flows freely here.
There are many concession stands found around all parts of the complex, but variety is not a strong feature. Lines are generally short and the food is of decent quality, although the prices seem a bit high. Funnel fries, Philly cheese steaks and personal Papa John's pizzas are some of the normal offerings.
The stadium can be either one of the most exciting stadiums around, or fairly quiet. It really depends on how the team is doing. The alcohol sales can make the crowd louder, especially for night games.
The Pride of West Virginia (the WVU Marching Band) is a fine marching band. They play Hail West Virginia (WVU fight song) and Take Me Home Country Road, as well as marching out to the pattern of the complicated state map. They are fun to watch.
Another highlight for the fans here is watching the Mountaineer mountain man shoot his gun after each West Virginia score.
The stadium features a nice scoreboard and has the usual high level of features seen in college football.
The stadium is located on an old golf course course so it is not surrounded by many businesses. You will have to venture away from the area to get food and drink, unless participating in the healthy tailgate scene.
Morgantown, at its heart, is a small, mountain town. That means you will need to navigate many small, windy and hilly roads as you drive around town. WVU is known as a party school, so there's always that.
If looking for things to do before or after a game I would wander to downtown Morgantown. It has seen a renaissance and offers a wide choice of dining and bars. Boston Beanery is one of the more popular locations. Kegler's Bar is another nice choice.
The state of West Virginia doesn't have a single major professional sports team so they love their Mountaineers. Saturday football is a big deal. Even when the crowd gets a bit quiet, the crowd regularly approaches full capacity. The ubiquitous WVU logo can be seen everywhere throughout the stadium.
The student section is slow to arrive for early afternoon games. It may take an hour into the game before their seating area fills, although they may just be standing in line for beer.
Plan ahead for parking. Parking can be a major hassle. There are plenty of lots, but because of the small, windy roads traffic can be a nightmare right before games. One option is to park at the WVU Coliseum and take a shuttle to the stadium. Also look into coming into Morgantown from the southeast, as it is easier than from the south, north or west. Be sure to plan ahead.
If you can, try out the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), which is a university operated monorail that takes students between the main campus and the downtown campus. The system started operation in 1975. PRT will run for at least an hour after the end of the event.
The level of competition is high. West Virginia University is a major Division One school and is in the Big 12. That means that they play high level of competition such as Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor. Prices can be high, depending on the particular team they are playing.
Check out the West Virginia University Hall Of Traditions to see the history of this football program.
The amount of beer I saw flowing deserves particular recognition. The game atmosphere seems almost like a professional football game with the alcohol sold.
Mountaineer Field is a very nice college football stadium. The prices and hassle of dealing with parking and traffic in a small town can make it a tough visit, but the overall atmosphere is still worth a trip.
Member Review by collegiatestdms
The full name of the home of the West Virginia football stadium is Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, which holds 60,000 fans. The largest crowd ever was 70,222 for the November 20, 1993 game against Miami. John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" has been played at every home game since 1972, with Denver even making an appearance to sing the song live at the 1980 dedication of Mountaineer Field.
West Virginia fans have a reputation for being some of the most eclectic in college football. But what is the experience really like?
Member Review by thecomet89 on Feb 11, 2012
Been to a few Mountaineer games here. As always, parking is a tough one. Both times Ive had to park for away and had to pay $15 each time, and that was 4 hours before the game. Great stadium, had a almost sellout crowd and they were on their feet the entire time, despite a 63-21 win. Food was way over priced in the stadium so needless to say I ate afterwards. Not much to look for outside the stadium food wise. As a WVU fan, I got along great with the fans, but the few hundred UCONN fans had a time. Certainly not a place to go if your an opposing team fan. Overall, if you want to see a great college game, Mountaineer Field is a great place to go.
Member Review by bieniek_31 on Nov 21, 2012
The Mountaineers have a brand new home in the Big 12. The eyeball test of the difference between the Big East and the Big 12 could tell any fan that WVU made a big jump in class. With this comes added expectations of the team, fans, university and stadium. Mountaineer Field may have its best days behind it, but the future is still bright.
Member Review by bryon on Nov 25, 2012
Love me some WVU football
Member Review by WVU1216 on Aug 23, 2013
Mountaineer Field is a great place to watch a college game. Parking can be a hassle if you dont know where to go. A suggestion, park at the WVU Coliseum and take the shuttle to the stadium. It is $4/person round trip. Tailgating in the Blue Lot is fun and the fans are friendly. Stadium food is expensive, but that is the same at just about every stadium. WVU is also adding new food to its concession line-up in 2013. The fans are very passionate and can get be very into the game at times. However, that can vary with the opponent. Before the game starts, be sure to take a walk down into WVU's Hall Of Traditions, to see old memorabilia and trophies, etc. A very nice and interesting place for the college football fan. Stadium staff is friendly and helpful. With a few minor updates, Mountaineer field could become an even better stadium.
Member Review by hawkman2k7 on Jun 01, 2016
I love WVU. I was never a student there but I visited my best friend who was enrolled there all the time. I went to Rutgers University and I traveled to see them play WVU and the atmosphere was tremendous. The food was okay but it's typical sports food. The fans are passionate and can rival any team. My only suggestion is to wake up early and get to tailgating before the crowd comes. It's one of my favorite stadiums of all-time. I visited WVU 9 times and I should get an honorary degree.
735-A Chestnut Ridge Rd
Morgantown, WV 26505
132 Pleasant St
Morgantown, WV 26505
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