MORGANTOWN— Mountaineer football fans are some of the most diehard and rowdy fans in the world of college football, following the team, tailgating, attending every home game and packing the stands for the Gold and Blue.
However, because of COVID-19, many fans were kept out of the stands and were forced to cheer on the Mountaineers from home, but now that the pandemic is slowing down, the school is thrilled to announce they will be opening Milan Puskar Stadium to full capacity this fall.
According to West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons, the stadium will return to 100 percent fan capacity, with full stadium operating procedures and the return of pregame tailgating in the stadium parking lots, offering the complete gameday experience.
“I want to thank our fans for their patience and understanding throughout the past year,” Lyons said. “Not only is this great news for Mountaineer Nation and our student-athletes, but it adds to the excitement and anticipation for Mountaineer football.”
He went on to say that last season was difficult, as often times the fan can play an important role in the motivation of the team on the field. A full stadium at WVU is 60,000 fans, and Lyons noted that this is exactly what the team deserves, and what the fans have been wanting.
“I also want to thank our University, local and state officials for their work throughout the past year. We certainly have been in good hands with their advice and leadership,” he added. “I can’t wait for this fall to again see the rows of tailgaters, experience the thrill of the Mantrip and the roar of a packed stadium singing Country Roads.”
This season the West Virginia football team’s schedule consists of six home games, with non-conference opponents Long Island and Virginia Tech slated to visit in September before Big 12 opponents Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas come to Morgantown later in the fall.
Football season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME. Additional information on single game tickets will be announced later this summer.
Along with 100% capacity at Milan Puskar Stadium, all Mountaineer athletics venues will welcome fans back at full capacity starting with the first home events in August. The athletics department will continue working with University, local and state officials to monitor and follow health and safety protocols based on current conditions.