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Official Review by Scott Bultman, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Opened in 1980, Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium replaced the original Mountaineer Field that had existed since 1924. The new venue 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 on the former site of a golf course between the Law and Medical School buildings. 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 60,500 and has been expanded four times in 1985, 1986, 2004, and 2007. The largest crowd ever was 70,222 for the November 20, 1993 game against Miami (FL) University. It once hosted a preseason NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons in 1998.
West Virginia has a rich history of college football. They have the 14th most wins of any current FBS teams. The school also has the most wins of any FBS team that hasn't won a national title. There have been many great players who have played for the university over the years as witnessed by the amount of WVU alums in the NFL.
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Concession stands with standard fare can be found throughout the stadium. Lines move quickly and there is plenty of room to move around to said stands. Items such as hot dogs, nachos, hamburgers, and pretzels can be had for around $5. A few of the more exotic foods are funnel fries, cheesesteaks, and pizza from Papa John's. There are no real signature items here, but enough variety to satisfy your hunger.
Beer and wine is prevalent here which is rare for a college venue, especially east of the Mississippi River. Beer can be purchased for $7-$8.50 and there is a good variety to choose from as well.
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. Fans are provided with pom-poms at home games where musical cues are given to wave them and make noise. Another tradition is the first down chant when the Mountaineers get a first down.
The Pride of West Virginia (the WVU Marching Band) plays the school's fight song "Hail West Virginia" and "Take Me Home, Country Road" and march out to the pattern of the complicated state map. They are fun to watch and a fine marching band.
Another highlight for the fans 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 tailgating scene is one of the better ones in college football. The surface lots surrounding the stadium are full of tailgaters. The stadium is located on campus in a town setting with grocery stores nearby to pick up food and beverages of your choice to bring to the tailgate.
The stadium is located on campus where there are quite a few classrooms and living centers nearby. One thing lacking are the number of bars and restaurants within walking distance. That being said, most fans seem to want to tailgate and West Virginia is known to be a top party school. There are some restaurants on the northern end of campus about a mile from the stadium. It seems to be an east-west thoroughfare with your normal city amenities.
Morgantown is a small mountain city with some historic buildings. If you are making a weekend out of it, consider spending some time in downtown. Also, Pittsburgh is only 80 miles away to the north.
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 stadium regularly approaches full capacity. The ubiquitous WVU logo can be seen everywhere throughout the stadium and beyond. This in part makes the game day experience that much better.
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. The crowds are loud and knowledgeable. For a stadium with so much beer sold, fans are cordial and well behaved.
Because Morgantown is a small college city, access to and from can be a major hassle. Plan ahead and be sure to arrive early to avoid any major traffic headaches. Most fans traveling to the game will take I-79 into town.
Parking can be a hassle if trying to park close to the stadium, but it is rewarding for the tailgating aspect. However, spots can be had a mile or so from the stadium for around $10. Unfortunately, there are not too many options for free parking on game day.
If you can, try out the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), a university operated monorail that takes students and the community between the main and the downtown campuses. PRT will run for at least an hour after the end of the event.
The experience at Milan Puskar Stadium is worth the cost of admission. Parking is a tad high, but ticket prices are fair and having the option to buy beer is a nice touch and a rarity at collegiate venues.
Be sure to walk the concourse to see murals of West Virginia greats. This alone is worth a couple of bonus points. Another bonus point is for the singing of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" after the game. One final bonus point for the tailgating scene at the stadium.
Taking in a football game at West Virginia is a fun and unique experience. The setting in the nearby mountains makes a game feel like a destination instead of an event in a city.
You can't go wrong seeing a matchup against a local rival such as Pitt or Maryland while also having a choice of Big 12 games to choose from. It is highly recommended to see game at Mountaineer Field. If it's been awhile, now's the time to check it out again.
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 Richard Smith on Dec 02, 2015
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.
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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