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West Virginia stadium upgrades on the horizon

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Next week West Virginia University’s Board of Governors will review plans to improve athletic facilities across the campus, including some notable enhancements to Milan Puskar Stadium.

According to a report by The Charleston Daily Mail, the financial budget for 2014 at West Virginia includes a proposal for an $85 million bond that would set aside $75 million for various upgrades and improvements to athletics facilities, including the football stadium. For football, that would mean a new team room at the Puskar Center, concourse renovations and expansion in Milan Puskar Stadium. That also would lead to improved concessions and other areas of high fan traffic before, during and after the game. The football stadium has not been given an expansion since 2004. The official seating capacity is currently listed at 60,000, although they managed to cram in over 70,000 for a 1993 game against Miami.

At a time when football programs across the country are looking for ways to make attending a football game more attractive to fans, West Virginia’s plans also include the addition of four LED boards inside the stadium. Thee could be used for a variety of purposes, including advertising, score updates, updated stats from the game and more.

Much of the funding is already accounted for through Big 12 revenue shares and a partnership with IMG College. The rest of the funds needed to cover the costs of the athletic enhancements would come from donors.

The Board of Governors at West Virginia are scheduled to meet on March 28, and a meeting with the full university board will take place on April 4.

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11 Responses to “West Virginia stadium upgrades on the horizon”
  1. musketmaniac says: Mar 20, 2014 8:50 PM

    we already rival half the N.f.l in facilities. Nice

  2. mrlaloosh says: Mar 20, 2014 9:17 PM

    They need a flaming sofa area.

  3. musketmaniac says: Mar 20, 2014 9:57 PM

    its called Sunnyside

  4. cubano76 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:12 AM

    Sweet! Camo and Bright Orange colored seats for everyone!!!!!!

  5. joetorious says: Mar 21, 2014 10:43 AM

    Correction: in 2004, the stadium was actually retracted, not expanded (the addition of “suites” resulted in the net loss of ~ 3k seats).

  6. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 22, 2014 1:12 AM

    Great this will probably lead to higher ticket prices. Since we lost Ed Pastilong as athletic director the prices have gone through the roof! Were number 9 in the top 10 most expensive home tickets at $171.80 average cost of home game ticket. Someone needs to remind these guys that we are West Virginia and just because were loyal fans the big wigs in Morgantown do not have the right to gouge us! They wonder why attendance is so low, well hint, hint, West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the USA, and through over charging the big wigs have alienated part of the fan base.

  7. cmhershman says: Mar 22, 2014 1:47 AM

    Good Lord. Poor little ol’ West Virginia should consider all those impoverished ticket holders and make the games and radio coverage a free community service or something. Or maybe we could be like Pitt and work out a deal with McDonald’s where they include tickets in your happy meal or have a canned goods swap at the stadium. It’s the Big frickin’ 12 for God’s sake! Man up! We have eight bowl teams on our schedule this year, three of which played in BCS bowls. Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State, and on and on. Towson was FCS national runner-up. The gravy train has left the station and we’re not playing cute little games against UCONN, Rutgers and South Florida anymore. The price reflects that. We could be stuck in the AAC dying on the vine right now making about 10% of what we’ll be making, all while WVU fades from consciousness and the local economy is devastated. Big wigs?! It’s the big leagues, people. Get over yourself and support the school and our new direction or get going. These facilities upgrades are a necessity. Thank you Oliver Luck, WVU and the Big 12! Let’s Go Mountaineers!!!

  8. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 22, 2014 1:59 AM

    Spoken like a drone who knows nothing about the state of West Virginia, What it means to be a West Virginian, and pretty much our ideals and mindsets. Why is some newly transplanted “fan” from who knows where acting as if you have any understanding what it means to be a Mountaineer!

  9. cmhershman says: Mar 22, 2014 2:26 AM

    “Our ideals and mindsets”? “”transplanted”? I live in West Virginia, my family is all from West Virginia and I actually went to WVU. I’m gonna pencil you in as a part of the “Marshall game is good for the state, Pastilong was irreplaceable, we should recruit more West Virginia players just because they’re in-state and we shouldn’t have moved to the Big 12″ crowd. This status quo, pro-handout crowd that you belong to is exactly what holds this state back. Again, man up and quit whining. For you to question my status as a Mountaineer is pure ironic comedy. As if you have some sort of monopoly or an exclusive understanding of the meaning. You can cram it. I’m a proud lifelong Mountaineer. We’re moving forward! If you don’t understand or support the supply/demand concept and you want the legacy parking spots and grandfathered season tickets for pennies on the dollar that Easy Ed went along with for so long, then you are holding WVU back and represent the stagnation that stifles our economy. End of story. Good night.

  10. musketmaniac says: Mar 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    REALLY KNOWING THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. Born in raised in Morgantown. Owned or ran businesses in Morgantown, wheeling, Buchanan, St. Albans, Huntington, Beckley, Princeton, Parkersburgh, and Bluefield. The truth in our identity is we have no Identity, maybe a bullshyt stigma but no Identity. Morgantown for example is not like any place in wv or anywhere for that matter. Out of state students from the past fill the city, the culture is more small city Mass , or N.y . The northern panhandle reminds me of the city of Pittsburgh before the `burgh` cleaned its act up. That’s big ten country up there. more ohio state and Michigan fans than mountaineers. The eastern panhandle is turning into the suburbs of D.c. any where below Charleston its a three way split in the bible belt. Between Wvu fans, Va. tech fans and those Hokies. The areas along the Ohio river resemble Ohio not Wv. And than there is the middle of our state, Hopefully we will not find our identity there. And my Favorite is that F.ck..g song. ALmost Heaven, adopted wrongfully from a song written on Clopper Road, Montgomery county Maryland singing the lyrics `west of the Virginia’s` referring to Kentucky, Tennessee. The Shenandoah rivers barely runs thru our borders. Your average west Virginian never seen the river while in the state. The blue ridge mountain range ends in our border. The state of west Virginia is mountainless not having a hill over 2900 feet. But at least we can give you the finger, without moving our hands.

  11. musketmaniac says: Mar 23, 2014 4:57 PM

    sorry, should read. Wvu fans, Marshall fans and those Hokies

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