Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium is like many other college stadiums a great place to spend a fall Saturday. You show up early and tailgate, then you stay after the game and take in the small town college atmosphere. College football games are not just about the game. They are an event.
Get to Milan Puskar stadium early enough to see the Mountaineer band perform during the pregame. Watch as the team comes out of the tunnel through the smoke and cheer every time the team scores and the Mountaineer fires off his musket. That is Mountaineer football.
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West Virginia has now upgraded its conference affiliation. They are now part of the Big 12 Conference which means you will see times such as Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU come to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. That makes for some very exciting fall Saturdays in Morgantown.
While you are enjoying the action on the field you can enjoys some Papa John’s Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn or hot chocolate from the concession stands, but at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium there is something you can buy here that you cannot at most college stadiums. You can buy beer.
The Mountaineers traditional rivals such as the Pitt Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Maryland Terrapins are going to be tough to schedule from now on because of the conference re-alignment in recent years. So the Mountaineers will be looking to establish new rivalries with teams such as Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas, Baylor and Kansas.
The Mountaineers have had some great seasons in the past such as 2011 when they were 10-2 and won the prestigious Orange Bowl 70-33 over the Clemson Tigers. In 2005 and 2007 the Mountaineers ended the season ranked in the top ten in both the coaches and AP writer’s polls at season’s end. The 2005 squad finished 11-1 and won the Sugar Bowl 38-35 over Georgia and the 2007 team was 11-2 and beat future conference opponent Oklahoma 48-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.
Since 2000, the Mountaineers have gone to a bowl game all but two years. Last year’s team was 7-6 including a loss to Texas A&M in a thrilling Liberty Bowl game 45-37. So if you enjoy football with a lot of offense, make you way to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Come early and stay late.
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