West Virginia April 15, 2015
Did You Know All Of This About West Virginia University?
Here in West Virginia, if you would hear “Let’s go…”, it wouldn’t be more than a few seconds before you would hear “Mountaineers!” Since West Virginia has no professional sports teams, it leaves us with more energy to dedicate to the West Virginia University Mountaineers! Growing up in West Virginia, I have to admit that loving the ‘Eers is something that we all to come to do! Here is a brief glimpse into life at the beautiful West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, West Virginia.
1) The three Woodburn Circle buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
2) The first campus building was constructed in 1870 and was called University Hall, later renamed Martin Hall.
Pictured above is the West Virginia University cheerleaders at the Big East Classic Tournament in Madison Square Garden, in New York, NY.
3) Woodburn Hall was finished in 1976 and is the centerpiece of Woodburn Circle.
The clock on top of Woodburn Hall is the Seth Thomas clock.
4) The first football team of West Virginia University began in 1891 and the first basketball team began in 1903.
Pictured above is the first football team of WVU.
5) The Milan Puskar Stadium, also known as Mountaineer Field, is the football stadium for WVU.
6) The largest crowd that has ever packed into the Milan Puskar Stadium was 70,222 on November 20, 1993, when WVU defeated Miami.
7) The West Virginia University Marching band is nicknamed the "Pride of West Virginia."
8) Jerry West attended West Virginia University and led the team to the national championship game in 1959.
9) The student population of West Virginia University as of Fall in 2013 was 29,466.
Pictured above is the famous High Street in Morgantown. High Street is home to many great restaurants, bars, places to shop, and fun things to do!
10) The WVU Coliseum was opened in 1970, with a capacity of 14,000.
11) In 1998, the Jerry West Lounge in the coliseum was dedicated.
The lounge is named after the WVU and NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West. Jerry West's number is retired and a sign hangs over section 44 with "Jerry West 44" written on it.
12) West Virginia University is one of the only two land-grant universities in West Virginia, the second being West Virginia State University in Institute, WV.
Pictured above is the West Virginia University mascot, the Mountaineer!
13) The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) system was the first automated rapid transit system in the world, it opened in 1973.
The PRT was made to help with the bad traffic the University was experiencing because of the growth of the student population and the expansion of the campus.
14) West Virginia University actually has four libraries, which include the Downtown Campus library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences library, and the Law library.
Pictured above is the Downtown Campus library.
15) The economy was down significantly but the University was still able to establish several different majors: biology, medicine, journalism, pharmacy, and the first mining program in the nation.
Pictured above is the Mountaineer statue on campus. The Mountaineer was made the official school mascot in 1890.
Isn’t West Virginia University just incredible? This is more than just a university! This is something that becomes apart of West Virginians. I don’t think that I have ever met someone that disliked WVU!
Let’s Go Mountaineers!
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