Milan Puskar Stadium


 
Milan Puskar Stadium Quick Facts
As of May 20, 2014
Name: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
Field Type: FieldTurf Duraspine
Capacity: 60,000
Seating: Seating Chart | 3D Stadium Seating Chart
Year Opened: 1980
Total Games: 216
West Virginia Record: 154-58-4
First Game: Sept. 6, 1980 vs. Cincinnati (41-27 WVU win)
Ticket Information: WVUGAME.com | 1-800-WVU GAME
When 60,000 fans pack Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, the double-deck structure rocks, from the time the nationally famous Mountaineer marching band "The Pride of West Virginia" 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.
 
Additional amenities are on the way with the approval of $106 million in total athletic facility improvements in the spring of 2014 that will include a substantial portion of that amount to be used to upgrade the stadium's East, West, North and South concourses, restrooms, entrance gates and concessions. Funding will be made available through a $75 million facilities bond, $25 million in private donations through the Mountaineer Athletic Club and $6 million from West Virginia's multimedia rights contract with IMG.

Below the press box, 12 luxurious stadium suites right under the camera deck 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 restrooms, 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.
 
Four new light-emitting diode (LED) boards at Milan Puskar Stadium are also in the future plans for Milan Puskar Stadium through West Virginia's IMG agreement, as well as new graphic coverage on the stadium's field walls, giving Milan Puskar Stadium a much-needed updated look.

In 2008, state-of-the-art score/video boards, complete with high resolution video and expanded messaging capabilities, became part of the fan experience. A partnership between the WVU Foundation and Panasonic helped the global electronics maker install a new video board system. 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 new video board systems as a showcase to feature the latest state-of-the-art video and audio technology. The video board system enhances the experience for fans, and more importantly, provides opportunities for increased revenue for the athletic department from advertising.

The recent Puskar Stadium makeover included 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 provide in-game statistics, scoring, messaging and sponsor advertising. A south bowl auxiliary board was also installed.

On the playing field, West Virginia has one of the safest and most comfortable surfaces anywhere 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.
 
 
Milan Puskar Stadium Guest Services
 
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
- Alcoholic beverages and any hard containers (glass bottles/metal cans) may not be brought into Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Beer sales can be found along the concourses inside the gates.

ANIMALS
- Only animals assisting disabled guests will be allowed in Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

ATM’s
- A United Bank automatic teller machine is located in the south bowl concourse and the north end zone concourse of the stadium.

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

AUTOMOBILE TROUBLE
- The onsite, free towing/auto trouble company, provided by AAA, is Erwin’s Towing and can be reached at 304.292.2586. Guests should contact a parking attendant or security personnel for assistance.

BABY CHANGING STATIONS
- Baby changing stations are available in all men and women’s stadium concourse restrooms and in all suite and club level restrooms.

BANNERS AND SIGNS
- Banners and signs, except those associated with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, are not permitted at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

BUS PARKING
- Charter buses must purchase a special parking permit for the Green Lot. This permit can be purchased on game day.

CAMERAS
- Cameras are permitted in Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Tripods are prohibited.

CHILDREN'S ADMISSION
- All persons, including children and infants, must have a ticket for admission.

CONCESSIONS
- Stand locations are as follows:
East – Near sections 105/106, 202, 204, 208, 210
Four beverage stations
Six specialty carts
West - Near sections 125/126, 128/129, 213, 215, 219, 221
Four beverage stations
Six specialty carts
South - Near sections 131-134 and 97-100
North- East side of concourse

COOLERS AND CONTAINERS
- No coolers (including soft-sided coolers) or metal or glass containers are allowed in the stadium. Soft drinks, water, and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed plastic containers are permitted.

CREDENTIALS
- Each credential indicates the areas of Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in which it will be honored. Credentials must be worn at all times.

DIRECTIONS
- From the south – From Interstate 79, take the West Virginia University exit, number 155. Cross the Star City bridge and proceed up Monongahela Boulevard toward the Coliseum. At the Coliseum traffic light, turn left onto Patteson Drive and watch for signs directing you to the stadium. For an alternate route, take Interstate 68 east to exit 7(see east directions below).
- From the north – From Interstate 79, take the West Virginia University exit, number 155. Cross the Star City bridge and proceed up Monongahela Boulevard toward the Coliseum. At the Coliseum traffic light, turn left onto Patteson Drive and watch for signs directing you to the stadium.
- From the east – From Interstate 68, use exit 7 (Pierpont Road). From here, follow W.Va. route 857 south approximately one mile until it joins with U.S. 119 south. Follow U.S. 119 south two miles to W.Va. route 705. Turn right on W.Va. route 705 and watch for signs directing you to the stadium.

DISABLED GUESTS
- Wheelchair seating is located behind sections 100 and 131 and on the north end zone concourse. 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
Diversity@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-5496

Contact should be initiated at least 72 hours before the scheduled event.

ELEVATORS
- There are two elevators located in the press box and three elevators located in the North end zone suite building.
- ADA access to the north end zone seating area is provided via elevators found at the east and west entrances of the building.

EXPRESS LANE
- An express lane is available at the east, west, and north gates for those fans entering who are not carrying items into the game.

FAMILY RESTROOM
- A family restroom is located on the west concourse and the north end zone concourse. These areas are equipped with a chair for nursing mothers.

FANLINE
- Please call 304.293.FANS for stadium assistance (game-day only).
- Please text AID to 94597 for stadium assistance.
Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for help. Data rates may apply. We will not share your information. This program will only be used to communicate messages from West Virginia University Athletics.
- Find game day information on Twitter at @GamedayWVU

FIRST AID STATIONS
- First aid stations are located on the east and west concourses and in the north end zone. Contact an event staff member or police for assistance.

THE HIGH 5 RULES OF THE GAME
- Follow THE HIGH 5 rules to make game day a great day for everyone:
1. No excessive drinking – intoxicated fans are not allowed inside or outside the stadium.
2. No foul or abusive language.
3. No smoking in the seating or concourse areas.
4. No throwing stuff (anything) onto the field.
5. No ignoring of the instructions of Event/Security personnel.

GATE OPENINGS
- The gates open one and one-half hours (90 minutes) before game time unless otherwise advertised.
-  Suite gates open two hours before game time unless otherwise advertised.
-  A dedicated United Bank entry is located at both the west and north gates.  Fans are allowed access to these particular entrances by showing their United Bank ATM or check card along with their game ticket.

GUEST SERVICES
- Guest service kiosks are located outside Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium adjacent to the east, west, and north gates prior to, during, and after each game.
- Guest service rooms are located in the south concourse near sections 97 and 134 and on the north end zone concourse. These rooms 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.

HEARING IMPAIRED
- Stadium listening devices are available for hearing-impaired guests at Guest Services on the north concourse.

LOST AND FOUND
- Lost and found is maintained during the game at the Guest Services Rooms, located in the south concourse and the north end zone concourse. All unclaimed items will be available at the CSC office (304.291.4650) on Monday following the game.

LOST CHILDREN
- In case of a lost child, please contact one of the Guest Services Rooms, located in either the south or north end zone concourses. Contact an event staff member or police for assistance.
- Wristbands are available at all guest services locations, including kiosks outside the stadium at each gate. Parents may obtain wristbands for their children that denotes the parent(s)’ name(s), phone, and seat location.

MERCHANDISE
- A full-service team shop is located along the north concourse adjacent to the Touchdown Terrace. Team Shops are also located on the east and west concourses (inside the stadium) and in the NE and NW tented areas (outside the stadium). The Team Shop in the Coliseum is open four hours prior to kickoff.

NURSING MOTHERS
- See ‘Family restroom’

PARKING
 - U
niversity parking: Parking operated by West Virginia University in the general area of the stadium is sold on a season basis and requires a color-coded permit, which matches the designated areas. The Purple, White and Burgundy Lots will be available for game-day sales. Small tents may be erected in designated areas only and may not be larger than 12' x 12'. A parking permit for the designated lot is required to erect a tent and the vehicle must be parked adjacent to the tent. Tents may only be erected after 7 a.m. on game day (excluding weekday games). Open fires are prohibited. Games involving the consumption of alcohol are prohibited.
-  Free parking: Free parking (for cars) is available at the WVU Coliseum and designated areas on the Evansdale campus.
- Disabled parking: In order to assure proper use of disabled spaces on game day, the following will be required for admission to the appropriate lot:  1) WVU-issued color-coded parking permit; 2) valid state-issued disabled parking placard or license plate; 3) valid state-issued disabled parking registration card; 4) photo ID of the disabled permit holder who is present in the automobile (the photo ID must match the disabled parking registration card). Disabled permit holders will be required to park in the spots reserved for disabled parking only. Limited single game disabled parking may be available in the Brown Lot; a courtesy shuttle van for disabled fans is available from the Blue, Brown, and Green lots. Misuse of disabled parking passes is grounds for confiscation of the pass by the parking attendant.

PASS-OUTS
- See ‘Stadium re-entry’

PHONES
- Courtesy phones for University and local calls are located on the East and West sides of the stadium and along the north concourse.

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 stadium: coolers (including soft-sided), any bag exceeding 12”x12”x12”, all backpacks/schoolbags, gym bags, laser pointers, alcoholic beverages and weapons. A ‘size-wise’ box is available at each gate and guest services location to determine if a bag is permitted.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
- Recreational vehicles are permitted in University-operated lots but require a special RV permit, including the Coliseum lots. Vehicles that are 20 feet or longer are considered RVs. Trailers are permitted but in the Green, Red and Coliseum lots only. Overnight parking for RVs is allowed but a permit must be visible at all times. RVs must be parked two hours before kickoff.

RECYCLING
- ‘Mountaineer s Recycle’ 54-gallon barrels will allow patrons to recycle cans and plastic at each gate, in the parking areas, and along the stadium concourses.

RESTROOMS
- Restrooms are located on both the east and west concourses and in both the north and south bowl concourses.

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 stadium. Individuals discovered soliciting will be asked to cease or will be removed. The student newspaper is allowed to distribute at the student gate only.

SCOREBOARD MESSAGES
- Scoreboard messages are available by contacting our Marketing Office at 304.293.3086 ext. 5. The deadline for such requests are the Monday prior to each home game.

SHUTTLE SERVICE
- Coliseum/Evansdale Campus – Shuttles from the WVU Coliseum/Evansdale Campus run continuously, beginning two and one-half hours before kickoff and as necessary after the game. Free parking is available at the WVU Coliseum and throughout the Evansdale Campus. The roundtrip fee is $4.
- City buses – Shuttles depart continuously from the Mountaineer Mall, beginning two hours before kickoff and as necessary after the game. They will drop at Ruby Memorial Hospital. The roundtrip fee is $3.
- PRT – The Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT) operates continuously on game days. 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 on game days.

SMOKING POLICY
- Smoking is not permitted in the seating areas, aisles, concourses or restrooms at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Fans may smoke only in designated smoking areas at the north, west, east and southwest gates.

SOLICITATION
- Selling of any items by anyone other than authorized WVU personnel or designated vending personnel in or around Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and the parking areas is prohibited.

STADIUM RE-ENTRY
- Passouts are not allowed. Fans are not permitted to re-enter.

STROLLERS
- Strollers are permitted but must be checked at Guest Services.

STUDENT ENTRY
- All WVU students should enter through the designated gates at the east side.

TICKET INFORMATION
- The ticket office is located outside the north gate of Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Game day sales are available.
- WVU is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced tickets. There are no refunds or exchanges.

UMBRELLAS
- For the safety and convenience of all fans, umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium.

WILL CALL
- The will call window is located at the ticket booth outside of the north gate and opens two hours before kickoff. A photo ID is required.
- WVU Player Guest will call is located adjacent to the southwest gate and opens 1.5 hours before kickoff.
- Visiting Player Guest will call is located adjacent to the southeast gate and opens 1.5 hours before kickoff.
 
 
Top All-Time Milan Puskar Stadium Crowds
 
Date Opponent WVU Opp W/L Attendance
November 20, 1993 Miami * 17 14 W 70,222
September 30, 1989 Pitt 31 31 T 68,938
August 31, 1991 Pitt * 3 34 L 68,041
September 5, 1998 Ohio State 17 34 L 68,409
November 15, 2003 Pitt * 52 31 W 67,715
October 29, 1988 Penn State 51 30 W 66,811
September 16, 1989 South Carolina 45 21 W 66,015
November 3, 1990 Penn State 19 31 L 66,461
October 24, 1992 Penn State 26 40 L 66,663
October 26, 1996 Miami * 7 10 L 66,948
September 26, 1987 Pitt 3 6 L 65,079
November 19, 1988 Syracuse 31 9 W 65,127
October 23, 1993 Pitt * 42 21 W 65,041
August 30, 1997 Marshall 42 31 W 65,492
October 1, 1983 Pitt 24 21 W 64,076
October 27, 1984 Penn State 17 14 W 64,879
September 8, 1990 Maryland 10 14 L 64,950
October 21, 2000 Notre Dame 28 42 L 64,424
September 20, 1986 Maryland 3 24 L 63,500
October 11, 1986 Miami 14 58 L 63,500
October 22, 1988 Boston College 59 19 W 63,145
October 22, 1994 Miami * 6 38 L 63,760
October 25, 1997 Virginia Tech * 30 17 W 63,649
September 23, 2000 Miami * 10 47 L 63,735
October 6, 2001 Virginia Tech * 0 35 L 63,271
September 7, 1985 Louisville 52 13 W 62,128
September 28, 1985 Pitt 10 10 T 62,453
October 7, 1989 Virginia Tech 10 12 L 62,563
September 17, 1994 Maryland 13 24 L 62,852
September 24, 2011 LSU 21 47 L 62,056
September 14, 1985 Duke 20 18 W 61,191
November 11, 1989 Rutgers 21 20 W 61,336
September 22, 1990 Louisville 7 9 L 61,933
September 2, 2006 Marshall 42 10 W 61,077
October 20, 2007 Mississippi State 38 13 W 61,022
October 23, 1982 Penn State 0 24 L 60,958
October 20, 1984 Boston College 21 20 W 60,286
September 17, 1988 Maryland 55 24 W 60,188
September 2, 1995 Purdue 24 26 L 60,876
October 24, 1998 Miami * 31 34 L 60,081
August 30, 2003 Wisconsin 17 24 L 60,663
September 18, 2004 Maryland 19 16 W 60,358
October 1, 2005 Virginia Tech 17 34 L 60,193
September 14, 2006 Maryland 45 24 W 60,513
October 14, 2006 Syracuse * 41 17 W 60,051
December 2, 2006 Rutgers * 41 39 W 60,299
September 1, 2007 Western Michigan 62 24 W 60,563
September 22, 2007 East Carolina 48 7 W 60,021
November 8, 2007 Louisville * 38 31 W 60,992
December 1, 2007 Pitt * 9 13 L 60,100
August 30, 2008 Villanova 48 21 W 60,566
September 27, 2008 Marshall 27 3 W 60,154
October 23, 2008 Auburn 34 17 W 60,765
October 1, 2009 Colorado 35 24 W 60,055
September 18, 2010 Maryland 31 17 W 60,122
September 4, 2011 Marshall 34 13 W 60,758
November 25, 2011 Pitt * 21 20 W 60,932
September 29, 2012 Baylor * 70 63 W 60,012
October 20, 2012 Kansas State * 14 55 L 60,101

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