West Virginia University is one of the most successful Men's College Basketball programs in the country.
And they have one of the loudest and most loyal fan bases around. The WVU Coliseum is one of the most frightening venues for
visiting teams because of this. But although the venue is unnerving for visiting teams, it is welcoming to touring artists
and theater productions. This incredibly flexible venue is one of the most sought after in the state of West Virginia and
one of the most incredible to see a sporting event.
WVU Coliseum was built in 1970 to replace less then adequate facilities,
providing more than just a new place for men's basketball and wrestling as well as women's basketball and volleyball. The
venue was awarded an architectural award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Concrete Institute, awarded for the "Outstanding
Concrete Structure of the Year." WVU Coliseum is a state-of-the-art venue that is much more than just a basketball venue.
Since its opening, WVU Coliseum has seen some of the biggest names in entertainment grace its stage and fill its walls with
music and theater. The venue was completely refurbished in 2004, creating upgraded coliseum locker rooms and strength and
conditioning rooms. The addition of much needed club seating, concourses and concession areas also creates a fantastic fan
experience at WVU Coliseum. In 2008, even more changes were made to the venue, when West Virginia University and Panasonic
partnered to add state-of-the-art audio visual equipment throughout the stadium. The technology in this arena is first rate,
adding to the experience for basketball fans and concertgoers in Morgantown.
located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been the premier sporting, theater and concert venue in the entire state of West
Virginia for many years. Thanks to recent multi-million dollar renovations, WVU Coliseum is better than ever and hosting the
biggest names in entertainment as well as the beloved West Virginia University Mountaineers men's basketball program. The
WVU Mountaineer's men's basketball program is as storied as any in the country. The rich basketball tradition is led by "The
Logo" himself, Jerry West. Before his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where his silhouette became a part
of the iconic the NBA logo, he proudly wore the Mountaineers jersey from 1957-1960.
Many notable games have been played
at WVU Stadium, but to diehard Mountaineer fans, one always stands above the rest. The date was February 27, 1983 and the
West Virginia Mountaineers played host to the number one team in the country--the University of Nevada Las Vegas Running Rebels,
led by iconic coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Mountaineer fans stormed the court that night at WVU Coliseum when their beloved
Mountaineers went on to upset the visitors 87-78. West Virginia was led by star guard Greg Jones, who led the Mountaineers
in a game that was nationally-televised from Morgantown. In 1998, the Mountaineers won another WVU Coliseum classic when they
defeated the sixth-ranked Connecticut Huskies handily, 80-62, on a nationally televised game on ESPN. Legendary guard Greg
Jones led the Mountaineers once again.
The WVU Coliseum hosts much more than just basketball games. The hottest stars
in the business come to the arena on their way through West Virginia. WVU Coliseum started it all off with a bang when the
first event to ever take place at the arena was Grand Funk Railroad in 1970. Since then, performers like Chicago, Reba McEntire,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bill Cosby, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Patti LaBelle, Maroon 5, Drake and many, many more have performed live
at this incredible venue.
Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia is one of the most beloved
college towns in the country, yet it is so much more than that. It is an eclectic city with something for everyone. Known
for being the home of West Virginia University, Morgantown has a lot to offer visitors and citizens alike. First on your to-do
list should be walking through downtown. Full of great restaurants and nightlife, Morgantown is a welcoming and charming town.
Morgantown is also surrounded by incredible natural beauty, including hiking in Coppers Rock State Forest and fishing in Cheat
Lake. In town, visitors love to visit the Core Arboretum that offers walking trails through lush forests and wooded areas.
Another must-see locale is the Metropolitan Theater in downtown Morgantown, an historic theater that dates back to the vaudeville
days. No matter what your hobby may be, chances are they have it in Morgantown.
arena set in the heart of Morgantown, West Virginia has been the home of countless basketball memories over the years. The
arena was built and renovated with the fan experience as the number one objective, and it shows. There are plenty of concessions
as you enter, and all of the seats are theater style for optimum comfort throughout the game or show.The rafter-free roof
offers a clear view of the floor for all fans, so there is definitely not a bad seat in the house. This first class venue
is one that should not be missed for any college basketball fan.
WVU Coliseum Trivia
Sometimes the home
court advantage is more than just fan noise? Did you know that when the WVU Coliseum was built, it was purposefully built
with bad acoustics? Yep, the designers wanted all of the noise to hit the roof and head right back down to the floor to make
sure as much fan noise stayed right where the visiting team could hear.