Milan Puskar Stadium has been around since the early 1980s and, in some places, it shows its age.
In recent years, West Virginia University has updated the stadium, still affectionately known as Mountaineer Field. With new video boards, wall coverings and premium seating areas, Milan Puskar Stadium has become the premier sports venue in all of West Virginia.
There is still a long way to go to keep Milan Puskar Stadium relevant. Over the summer, and dating back to last season, construction work has gone on inside and outside of the stadium. Work has been done to widen the concourses, expand the gateway to the different entry points and update the playing surface with a new turf field.
By the time the WVU football team opens the 2016 campaign with Missouri on Sept. 3, there will be even more noticeable changes to the infrastructure of the stadium.
Major Harris is coming to Milan Puskar Stadium, kind of. Harris was one of the best players in WVU football history and certainly one of the most beloved figures to play inside Milan Puskar Stadium.
Harris, along with other Mountaineer legends, will be receiving a special honor on the concourses inside the stadium. Not only will banners of Harris and other West Virginia football heroes spruce up the place, they will also show a younger generation that the Mountaineers have some of college football’s greatest athletes.
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Good guesses for other Mountaineers who will receive these banners are Pat White, Steve Slaton, Owen Schmitt, Darryl Talley, Jeff Hostetler, Avon Cobourne, Rasheed Marshall and Geno Smith.
And those are just guys who played at Milan Puskar Stadium. There are a whole host of other great players who played at Old Mountaineer Field. They will certainly be recognized, too.
Pictures like these are long overdue for the WVU football program. Fans have long clamored for a “ring of honor” or “legends circle” within the confines of Milan Puskar Stadium. The memories of these great players live on the minds of diehard Mountaineer fans and now they can picture them, in-person, at the place where they helped create those amazing moments.
There are plenty of other additions coming to Milan Puskar Stadium and the outside of the venue will still be under construction through the 2016 season. All the work will pay off, though, as Milan Puskar Stadium should remain one of the best places to play in the Big 12 Conference.
Seeing this is certainly a sight for sore eyes. There seems to be more space around the outside, just above the Blue Lot. That extra space will alleviate some of the commotion when fans strom the gates wanting access just before the game starts.