WVU Coliseum

WVU Coliseum

3450 Monongahela Boulevard
Morgantown, WV 26505
Directions From I-79
Take the Star City/WVU (mile marker 155) exit and follow signs to West Virginia University, heading south on US 19 and across the Star City Bridge. Go through one traffic light and the WVU Coliseum will be on your left at the top of the hill.
Directions From I-68
Take the Pierpont Road (mile marker 7) exit and follow signs toward the football stadium by heading West on to WV-857. At second traffic light, turn left (south) on US-119. Drive up a steep hill; the Morgantown airport will be on your left. Continue straight until the traffic circle, where you take the second right on to WV-705 West. Turn left at the seventh traffic light on to Van Voorhis Road. The road becomes Patteson Drive when crossing University Avenue. Proceed up Patteson to the light at Jerry West Boulevard. Go straight at the light into the WVU Coliseum parking lots.
Quick Facts
Name WVU Coliseum
Year Opened 1970
Seating Seating Chart | 3D Seating Chart
Capacity 14,000
Ticket Information WVUGAME.com | 1-800-WVU GAME
Men's Quick Facts
First Game 12/1/1970 - vs. Colgate - 113-92 win
Largest Crowd 16,70 - 2/24/1982 - vs. Pitt - 82-77 win
Crowds Over 12,000
Total Games 632
Overall Record 487-145 (.771)
Big 12 Record 9-9 (.500)
vs. Ranked Teams 31-50 (.383)
vs. Non-Conference 218-31 (.876)
Women's Quick Facts
First Game 1/16/1974 - vs. West Liberty - 59-55 win
Largest Crowd 13,447 - 3/2/2013 - vs. Baylor - 49-80 loss
Crowds Over 2,000
Total Games 494
Overall Record 345-149 (.698)
Big 12 Record 12-6 (.667)
vs. Ranked Teams 19-46 (.292)
vs. Non-Conference 130-25 (.839)

After 44 years the WVU Coliseum still remains one of the nation's supreme showcases for college basketball.

Whether it is during the day with the sun shining down on the massive structure, or at night when its golden lights make it an evening showcase, the Coliseum stands as one of the most striking facilities on the WVU campus and played a major role in the expansion of West Virginia's growing Evansdale Campus.

The Coliseum first opened on Dec. 1, 1970 when the Mountaineers played host to Colgate. Nearly 10,000 showed up to see the Mountaineers defeat the Red Raiders, 113-92. Six nights later, West Virginia nearly knocked off fifth-ranked Kentucky before more than 13,000 fans to begin a long history of raucous crowds and unforgettable games.

In 1971, the WVU Coliseum received a major architectural design award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Concrete Institute for being the "Outstanding Concrete Structure of the Year."

Through the years, the Coliseum has experienced several upgrades. In 2004, those included: renovations to the men's basketball locker room, renovations to the women's basketball locker room, construction of a players' lounge and team video theater, expansion of the Coliseum strength and conditioning center, expansion of the equipment room and training room, and refurbishment of the Coliseum roof. Construction of a club seating area in the main arena was completed, with private space for concessions, hospitality areas and rest rooms under the lower level seats.

In 2008, state-of-the-art score/video boards complete with high resolution video and expanded messaging capabilities became part of the fan experience at the Coliseum. A partnership between the WVU Foundation and Panasonic allowed the global electronics maker to install two video board systems – one in the Coliseum and one in the football stadium. The system, valued at approximately $5 million, was 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, uses the video board systems as a showcase to feature the latest state-of-the-art video and audio technology, officials said. The video board system not only enhances the experience for fans, but more importantly, provide opportunities for increased revenue through advertising.

The Coliseum center-hung video board features a four-sided, LED video replay system. The four video boards provide replays and live event coverage, in-game scoring statistics, special messaging and sponsor advertisements. Two round LED halo boards are located above and below the center-hung scoreboard, and two new LED auxiliary boards are installed behind each basket.

A state-of-the-art directional sound system and lighting system has also been installed in the Coliseum.

In the near future, a Coliseum Marquee at the intersection of Monongahela Boulevard and Patteson will be constructed to help promote West Virginia University events. That project will be funded through WVU's multi-media rights deal with IMG. Plans are also be developed though a $106 million facility master plan to renovate the Coliseum restrooms and concessions, as well as the potential expansion of the concourses to improve the fan experience at home basketball games.

The 14,000-seat domed arena has been the home of Mountaineer cagers for more than four decades, but its many uses include commencement, concerts, conferences, floor shows and a host of educational and athletic events. The Coliseum ranks second only to the Mountainlair (WVU's student union building) in everyday activity.

The Coliseum has hosted conference basketball tournament championships, NCAA basketball, and gymnastics regionals as well as many other tournament events.

Initially constructed in 1970 at a cost of $10.4 million, the Coliseum once served as the home of the WVU School of Physical Education and much of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. It is also the home competition site for Mountaineer women's basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball teams. Eleven other varsity sports use the facility as their training and equipment headquarters as well.

Nearly 100 offices, 13 lecture and seminar rooms, a dance studio, safety lab, racquetball and squash courts, steam rooms and the Jerry West Mountaineer Room are included in the structure's 10.5 million cubic feet of space. There are also more than 1,000 locker units in various dressing rooms located adjacent to the playing floor. Added accessories such as these help make the building so special, while allowing WVU to host an endless array of events.

A prominent addition has been the WVU All-American display located on the concourse level between the Red and Green Gates. The project recognizes great achievements by Mountaineer athletes in all sports. Ultimately, each sport will have a display area around the Coliseum concourse to tell its story of success. Around the inner concourse of the arena, bronze plaques salute the inductees to the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

At the WVU Coliseum, fan comfort is the utmost priority. Once inside the gates, visitors have immediate and unhindered access to ticket windows, numerous concession areas, water fountains, rest rooms and first aid facilities. All 14,000 blue theater-type seats in the main arena allow for comfortable viewing of any event. The ribbed, rafter-less roof and modern architectural design give a clear, unobstructed view of the playing floor from every seat. Central ventilation units provide climate-controlled comfort in all types of weather.

The Coliseum sound system is so intricate that four lectures can be heard simultaneously without conflict; in fact, classes are often held while 14,000 cheering fans are watching a basketball game.

While fans enter at concourse level, the floor level is the true home of the Mountaineer basketball team. The West Virginia locker room is decorated in the school colors of gold and blue. Wall-to-wall carpet covers the floor and color pictures adorn each player's locker area. A complete video theater was installed before the 2004-05 season in addition to a lounge area, so the cagers can watch their game and practice films on big-screen video with some of the best equipment available.

Press row provides 100 seats for members of the media on the concourse level at the Blue Gate. Four television platforms and several radio locations are also strategically situated at different positions around the arena. Known as one of the nation's best, a pregame meal is served to all accredited media in the Jerry West Mountaineer Room, also the site of the media workroom.

Formerly the Mountaineer Lounge, the Jerry West Mountaineer Room was dedicated in December 1988, in honor the University's greatest athlete. The room can be arranged to handle groups from 10 to 150 for meetings. Highlighting the Jerry West Mountaineer Room is the illuminated showcase that flanks the entryway, commemorating West's outstanding career. Pictures from his WVU playing career, game programs, magazine covers, his uniform, the 1959 NCAA basketball, the Kentucky Invitational championship trophy, as well as other memorabilia are displayed to honor West and his days with the Mountaineers. The showcase area has become a popular spot for fans of all ages to pause for a picture and look back on one of the sport's and West Virginia basketball's greatest performers.

When the WVU Coliseum fills with more than 14,000 screaming fans, it becomes an arena unsurpassed in enthusiasm and electricity. The Mountaineers respond to this great home court by making it a very unwelcome place for their opponents. The all-time Coliseum record for men's basketball since 1970 is 487-145, while the women's all-time Coliseum record is 345-149.

West Virginia University is known for its first class athletic facilities, beginning with the construction of the Coliseum in 1970 and strengthened since then with a wide array of structures that meet the demand of a growing major college program. Extensively used by the University and Morgantown community, the WVU Coliseum remains the centerpiece of the athletic facilities that are now such an important part of the WVU Intercollegiate Athletic Program.

Printable WVU Coliseum Seating Chart (PDF)



WVU Coliseum Guest Services

Alcoholic Beverages
- Alcoholic beverages and any hard containers (glass bottles/metal cans) are prohibited at the Coliseum.

- Only animals assisting disabled guests will be allowed in the Coliseum.

Artificial Noisemakers
- Artificial noisemakers are prohibited at the Coliseum.

- A United Bank automatic teller machine is located beside the Team Shop adjacent to the Blue Gate.

- No one is allowed on the court at any time without proper credentials. There is no organized location for autographs.

Baby Changing Stations
- Baby changing stations are available in all men and women’s Coliseum concourse restrooms and in all club level restrooms.

Banners and Signs
- Banners and signs, except those associated with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, are not permitted at the Coliseum.

- Cameras are permitted in the Coliseum.

Children's Admission
- All persons, including children, must have a ticket for admission. Only infants in arms are admitted without charge.

Club Space
- Access is restricted to club ticket holders through a stairwell located adjacent to each lower level tunnel. Two elevators are also located adjacent to entrances on Red Gate side.

- Stand locations are located at the Red, Blue, Green and Gold Gates and in carts on the concourses.

Coolers and Containers
- No coolers or metal or glass containers are allowed in the Coliseum. Soft drinks, water, and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed plastic containers are permitted.

- Each credential indicates the areas of the Coliseum in which it will be honored.

Disabled Guests
Wheelchair seating is located at the top of Blue Sections 1, 3, 15, and 17 and at the top of Green Sections 35, 37, and 39. Tickets should be purchased in advance for all areas and are reserved to persons confined to a wheelchair and their guest.

If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to utilize our facilities, you are entitled to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact:
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Phone: 304-293-5496
Contact should be initiated at least 72 hours before the scheduled event.

There is one elevator located at the Red Gate.

Family Restroom
A family restroom is located at room 180, adjacent to the Red Gate.

First Aid Stations
First aid is located adjacent to the stairwell on the concourse next to the Red Gate. Contact an event staff member or police for assistance.

Gate Openings
The gates open one and one-half hours (90 minutes) for home men’s basketball games and one hour (60 minutes) for women’s basketball home games unless otherwise advertised.

Group Sales
Please contact the Marketing Office at 304.293.3086. All group sales must be completed by at least one business day prior to the game, as there are no game-day group sales.

Guest Services
Guest Services is located at the Green Gate, room 168, and will handle lost and found, lost children, emergencies and general ticket information. Fans may also report problems or make suggestions on a special form available from the attendant.

Lost and Found
Lost and found is maintained during the game at Guest Services, room 168, located at the Green Gate. All unclaimed items will be available at the CSC office (304.291.4650) the next business day following the game.

Lost Children
In case of a lost child, please contact Guest Services, located in room 168 at the Green Gate, or contact an event staff member or police for assistance.

The Team Shop is located adjacent to the Jerry West Mountaineer Room, on the concourse between the Blue and Red Gates.

Reserved parking – Parking operated by West Virginia University in the general area of the Coliseum is allotted on a season basis and requires a color-coded permit, which matches the designated areas.
Single game Parking – Single game parking is available at the Coliseum (near the Arboretum) and at the Natatorium/Shell Building for $20 per game.
Handicap Parking – In order to assure proper use of handicap spaces on game day, the following will be required for admission to the appropriate lot: 1) valid state-issued handicap parking placard or license plate; 2) valid state-issued handicap parking registration card; 3) photo ID of the handicapped permit holder (the photo ID must match the handicap parking registration card). Handicap permit holders will be required to park in the spots reserved for handicap parking only. A limited number of handicap spaces are available adjacent to the Coliseum. Handicap parking is also available in the Green lot on Van Voorhis Road. A shuttle will run from that lot to the Coliseum.

Pay Phones
A courtesy phone is located at the Green Gate.

Public Address
No special announcements are made over the public address system.

Prohibited Items
To ensure the safety, comfort, and convenience of our guests, the following items may not be brought into the Coliseum: coolers, any bag exceeding 12”x12”x12”, all backpacks/schoolbags, gym bags, laser pointers, alcoholic beverages, artificial noisemakers, and weapons. A ‘size-wise’ box is available at each gate to determine if a bag is permitted.

Restrooms are located along the concourse.

Scalping/Resale of Tickets
The scalping of tickets on University property is forbidden. Violators are subject to removal from University property. No solicitation of any kind is permitted in the parking lots or Coliseum. Individuals discovered soliciting will be asked to cease or will be removed.

Shuttle Services
Central Cab buses – Shuttles depart continuously from the Green Lot (in front of the United Center on Van Voorhis Road) beginning one and one half hours before tip-off and for one hour after the game. The roundtrip fee is $3.50.
PRT – The Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT) will operate according to University schedule, which is as follows: weekdays from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm; Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; and no service on University holidays. Stations are located on Walnut Street, Beechurst Avenue, Engineering Sciences Building, the Evansdale Residential Complex (the Towers), and the Health Sciences Center. This service is free for students and $.50 one way for non-students on game days.
WVU buses – Shuttles run from the Engineering PRT station, Towers, and the Mountainlair continuously, according to the University schedule (closed on University holidays). The roundtrip fee is free.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is not permitted in the seating areas, aisles, or restrooms at the Coliseum. Pass-outs are issued to fans at the Green Gate for outside smoking.

Selling of any items by anyone other than authorized WVU personnel or designated vending personnel in or around the Coliseum and the parking areas is prohibited.

Student Entry
All WVU students should enter through the Gold Gate for home men’s basketball games and the Blue Gate for home women’s basketball games.

Ticket Information
The ticket office is located between the Blue and Gold Gates at the Coliseum. Game day sales are available at the Blue Gate ticket window once gates open. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
WVU is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced tickets. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Will Call
The will call window is located at the Red Gate for home men’s basketball games and opens two hours (120 minutes) before tip-off. The will call window is located at the Blue Gate for home women’s basketball games and opens one hour (60 minutes) before tip-off. A photo ID is required.

Scoreboard Messages
Scoreboard messages are available by contacting our Marketing Office at 304.293.3086. The deadline for such requests are the Wednesday prior to each home game.