Sports garner a lot of attention and love from not only the students at WVU but the surrounding community members as well. There are no professional sports teams in the state of West Virginia, so the Mountaineers are the next best thing. Fan support for the University’s athletic teams is extremely high, and the students take as much pride in the teams as the players do. The most popular sports are football and basketball. Football games are almost always sold out on Saturdays, and the Coliseum is always packed for Mountaineer basketball games.
With a new ticketing system, tickets are not as easy to get as they used to be. It is all done online, and students have to request a ticket and then hope to receive an e-mail after a waiting period to find out if they obtained a ticket or not. Student tickets to all athletic events are free because a minimal price is paid in the Student Activities Fee. On football game days, Morgantown becomes the most populated city in the state because of the fan base that travels to Milan Puskar Stadium for the game. Traffic is not as terrible as some would think, however, because the state troopers direct traffic and turn off traffic lights. The best rivalry we have is against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Intramural sports are popular at WVU, but not overly anticipated. There are several sports offered in male, female, and coed leagues during all seasons of the year. The most popular intramurals are basketball and flag football.