The WVU Coliseum was built in 1970 and was last updated in 2004. The WVU Coliseum seats around 14,000 including 100 extremely tight seats on media row. The WVU Coliseum is mainly a concrete structure that stands out as being unique against the rest of the WVU architecture. The building is starting to show its age in some areas, but seems to be well maintained and should last for years to come.
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The WVU Coliseum has your standard arena foods such as hot dogs ($3.50), foot long dogs ($5), nachos ($4), popcorn ($4), pretzels ($3.50), and peanuts ($3.50). They also offer pepperoni rolls ($3.50), a grilled sausage sandwich ($4), and a BBQ Beef sandwich with slaw ($8).
Sodas are $4 for a large and $4.50 for souvenir size along with 20oz bottles of water ($3).
The concessions are run by Sodexho and are of decent quality. There are not a whole lot of stands and while lines moved quickly you should still plan your food run accordingly.
I was quite impressed with the atmosphere at the WVU Coliseum. The game I attended was sold out for a weekday contest, something most programs in the country only dream of. I witnessed multiple adult fans wearing mountaineer type hats and other extreme attire. Usually the costume type clothing is limited to student sections. The place was loud and electric, making for a nice game day atmosphere.
West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WV. Outside of the school, there are not a whole lot of options for entertainment. One popular place seemed to be Kegler's Bar. Everything else was chain type restaurants and a bunch of rundown places I wasn't willing to visit. Morgantown just isn't really a destination where you are going to spend a day or two exploring and shopping in. I've been here multiple times for various sporting events and have never enjoyed myself outside of the event itself.
The fans are extremely into the game, constantly cheering their team and trying to rattle the opposition. They also make sure the refs are well aware of their displeasure if they disagree with a call. The only real downfall of the fans, and the reason I didn't give them a 5 star rating was a few moments where they seemed to not know the rules, resulting in unnecessary berating of the referees.
The traffic cops at WVU just seemed to stand around and allow you to park wherever you wanted. Cars were just pulling off of the road anywhere they could find an empty spot to park. I'm a sucker for free parking but it would be nice to have some signs or parking officials directing you to cut back on the number of times a car in front of you just dives off of the road.
The bathrooms were easy to find and had plenty of room just as expected.
Attending a game at WVU Coliseum is worth the money, but it is going to cost you. Tickets for the game I attended against UConn were $35 face value. Tickets at most other programs are a little cheaper, however, when you are consistently selling out games you can charge whatever patrons are willing to pay. There were also a good number of scalpers on the street so you could find tickets if you were willing to pay.
Halftime entertainment was the dance team and a few shooting contests involving fans. Promotions during media timeouts were fairly limited. It made for a nice clean presentation. The staff was also very polite and helpful as I asked questions so I could get the full range of the WVU experience. Overall the WVU Coliseum is a great place to watch a collegiate basketball game, particularly when another great team is playing.
The WVU Coliseum, built in 1970, is hands down the best arena in the state of West Virginia. It has been the home of the Mountaineers since 1970. At 10.4 million in 1970, WVU has gotten there value.
Food & Beverage
Although nothing special is offered, lines are generally short and the food is of decent quality. Nothing to write home about, but enough to get a three star review.
The Coliseum has an amazing atmosphere. The Pride of West Virginia (the WVU Marching Band) certainly excites the crowds playing Hail West Virginia (WVU fight song) and Take Me Home Country Roads and are very good. The new LED scoreboard which is NBA quality is much better than the previous system. Also new in 2008 was an audio system and lights which were both good for any arena. The fans certainly make it more interesting as they can excite anyone.
The WVU Coliseum is located in the perfect college town atmosphere. Located on the WVU campus the Coliseum isn't surrounded by many fine eateries.
If you say WVU fans don't love their school, you're crazy. The state of West Virginia doesn't have a single major professional sports team so they love their Mountaineers. The fans are always cheering and don't complain about the proper call even if it is against WVU. The Mountaineer Maniacs (WVU Student Section) have been criticized for being too into the game after throwing objects on to the court.
The access to the Coliseum isn't anything special. People park on the side of streets or in the parking lots. If you are not a season ticket holder I would advise against the lots considering it is $20. An interesting way to get to the game is the PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) which to many not familiar with it seems futuristic even though it is from the 1970s.
Return On Investment
As long as you like college basketball you will be walking out the Coliseum smiling. WVU is a major Division 1 school and is in one the best basketball conferences, the Big East.
The friendliness of the staff was definitely a big plus. Also the plaques of WVU legends such as Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley were a nice feature. Finally the facility is kept very clean. I would go as far to say the floors sparkled.
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