West Virginia fans take great pride in knowing their team is housed in one of the best football complexes in the nation.
Mountaineer Field and the adjoining Milan Puskar Center are the beautiful homes for West Virginia football, and game days in Morgantown are filled with electricity and excitement in one of college football's best facilities.
When 60,000 fans pack Mountaineer Field, the double-deck structure rocks, from the time the nationally famous marching band starts its pregame performance until the team takes the field to sing "Country Roads" after each home victory.
Every fan has an unobstructed view of the playing field and there's not a bad seat in the house. Plenty of restrooms, concession and souvenir stands add to the fan comfort of this facility. Lights for exciting night games, handicapped seating and plenty of room for tailgating add to the stadium's list of first-class accessories.
Twelve luxurious stadium suites right under the camera deck of the Mountaineer Field press box offer reception, dining, kitchen, restroom and seating areas to WVU fans, providing a great view of the playing field and the entire facility.
An additional set of 18 stadium suites in a two-story structure were completed in the North end zone in time for the 2004 season, giving more fans and businesses an opportunity to socialize and enjoy games in first-class comfort - a great way to generate revenue, increase ADA accessible seating and restroom, and update the look of the stadium.
Just above the skyboxes on the west wall is the West Virginia press box, one of the nation's best. Complete with a dining area, private booths and a camera deck, the spacious three-story structure gives media a great place to cover Mountaineer football.
Mountaineer athletes won't be the only ones "lighting it up" beginning with the 2008 season. New, state-of-the-art score/video boards, complete with high resolution video and expanded messaging capabilities, also will be part of the fan experience at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Under a partnership between the WVU Foundation and Panasonic, the global electronics maker is installing a new video board system.
The system, valued at approximately $5 million, are being made available to WVU in part through a generous commitment from alumnus Ben Statler and his wife Jo, and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Panasonic, together with WVU, will use the new video board systems as a showcase to feature the latest state-of-the-art video and audio technology.
"These systems are designed to engage and inform everyone at the event, and are equal or better in quality to any professional sports venue," said Keith Hanak, group director, Panasonic System Solutions Company. " West Virginia University and its fans will experience an unparalleled technological evolution this season, and the beginning of a new era in WVU sports history."
The new video board system not only will enhance the experience for fans, but more importantly, provide opportunities for increased revenue for the athletic department from advertising.
The Puskar Stadium makeover includes a new video system that is three times wider than the old south end zone system and with higher resolution LED quality. Two LED fascia boards running down each sideline provides in-game statistics, scoring, messaging and sponsor advertising. A new south bowl auxiliary board also has been installed.
West Virginia has one of the safest and most comfortable playing surfaces anywhere in football with the installation of FieldTurf Duraspine prior to the 2007 season.
Receiving rave reviews for its softness, durability, safety factors and lack of abrasiveness, FieldTurf looks, feels and plays like a natural grass surface without the expense of upkeep, giving WVU one of the safest and best playing surfaces in college football.
THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell
September 18, 2004 - Alright, already... You think West Virginia football, and you think the Mountaineers, and how is it that you come with "Milan Puskar Stadium"? Well, indeed, this is the same Mountaineer Field it has always been, nestled in the center of West Virginia University and certainly the epicenter of this community's sports pulse. But in 1993 philathropist Milan Puskar, founder of Mylan Laborotories in Pittsburgh, came up with a $20 MM bequest to fund WVU athletics. As a show of gratitude for this show of generosity, the venue was renamed "Milan Puskar Stadium", and the new moniker was unveiled in late 2003.
The result of this bequest was major renovations and upgrades to Mountaineer Field, including new club seats and premium seating, renovated athletic and training facilities, a team museum and new entrance plaza. Despite the changes, the stadium retains pretty much the same look since its opening in 1980, and with capacity of a little over 60,000, still has a pretty intimate feel for a major college venue.
Keep in mind that Morgantown is a college town... the university is split into two separate campuses, and the college buildings are pretty much interwoven into the local neighborhoods and into the downtown area. And on football game days, this small town becomes the center of the state's population, with fans pouring in from across the state to see the team. And on more than a couple of occasions, things have gotten unruly here, with dramatic wins turning into goalpost demolishing celebrations and then spilling into the streets. In fact, in 2003 power had to be shut off to much of the town after a win over Virginia Tech, because the streets were in a frenzy after the big win over a highly ranked opponent.
For our visit we had the opportunity to catch an interconference matchup featuring two clubs in the top 25. The game did not disappoint as Maryland and West Virginia needed to go past four quarters to determine a winner as WV's Chris Henry caught a short TD pass in the first OT to settle matters by a 19-16 count.
As the celebration began, the loudspeakers began to play what has to be the unofficial state anthem, John Denver's "Country Roads". Country roads.......take me hoooome.......to the place........where aaaahhh belooooong. WEST VIRGINA.......mountain high......take me hooooome......country roads....
Great atmosphere in a great college town. Hopefully someday we'll get to return.
WEST VIRGINIA CONSIDERING STADIUM RENOVATIONS
January 28, 2010
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Morgantown, W.Va. - Luxury suites and group event areas could be added to Milan Puskar
Stadium at West Virginia University of a proposed feasibility study supports the investment. The additional luxury seating would be intended to satisfy customer needs and create new
revenue streams, said Russ Sharp, WVU's senior associate athletic director for finance and marketing. The stadium currently has 30 luxury seats.
"There's been continuing interest in premium seating options, but the question is how much and what kind," Sharp said. "We're always looking at stuff like this. It's always on our radar."
Sharp said the athletic department will begin to see results from the survey by the end of February. Based on those results, he said the athletic department will decide how it will move forward.
He added the survey will be key in deciding the next step in the conceptual phases of the designing and building process. Based on the results, the athletic department will decide how many club seats would be necessary to fill the need.
If the department was to move ahead, it will ask architects to develop a plan for where these seats would be positioned in the stadium. Sharp said there are multiple designs the athletic department could choose.
WEST VIRGINIA BEGINS LOOK AT NEW STADIUM
August 26, 2010
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Charleston, W.Va. - The Charleston Daily Mail says the West Virginia University Institute of
Technology is beginning to explore the expansion of Martin Field.
Tech Athletic Director Frank Pergolizzi hopes to see an expansion of Martin Field to accommodate not only Tech football, but also provide a playing field for men's and women's soccer and softball.
Plans would include seating for about 2,000, a new press box, hospitality suites/areas, concession stands and restrooms.
Tech is working with Randolph Engineering of Scott Depot and Edward Tucker Architects of Huntington on the early stages of the proposed project, which the Montgomery school hopes to float for potential funding by Golden Bear supporters, the newspaper said.