The WVU football program is hitting the road this spring.
The Mountaineers are heading south to attract members of the fanbase who live a few hours away from Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. West Virginia will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
The noon kickoff on April 23 will give fans in the southern part of the state of West Virginia a chance to see the Mountaineers up-close and personal in the offseason.
Plus, Mountaineer Field is undergoing renovations, which includes installing a new turf.
"“It’s really great,” said The Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. “President Gordon Gee and I had a great conversation, and he told me he was going to bring it to us. Last year they had a good experience, so it’s a great opportunity for fans in southern West Virginia to not have to travel all the way to Morgantown and get to see our state university’s team.”"
The Greenbrier Resort, with the tagline of America’s Resort, is becoming a destination for sports teams across the country.
The Greenbrier has always been a go-to spot for golf enthusiasts and the PGA Tour has taken notice. The Greenbrier Classic has been a ongoing event there for the past few July Fourth weekends.
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Plus, tennis has arrived in Southern West Virginia. A new facility was recently erected at The Greenbrier and the courts were christened by tennis legends Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.
While it goes against tradition to have the Spring Game away from Morgantown, everything about this move seems to be a win for all parties involved.
The Spring Game is just an exhibition. It’s a seemingly meaningless “game” that serves the purpose of getting fans excited for the upcoming football season.
Think the football equivalent of baseball’s spring training.
Since the game is for the fans, why not entertain fans who are not in the immediate Morgantown area, but are still diehard fans of the WVU football program?
And, The Greenbrier is a firs-class resort. Its beauty and amenities are known nationwide. With that, owner Jim Justice is one of the most powerful men in the state of West Virginia. Forming a strong relationship, here, benefits business in the state and the state’s flagship university.
If The Greenbrier is good enough at the professional level, it will certainly be good enough for the Mountaineers for a weekend, now, and in the future.