West Virginia Mountaineers Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Josh Eilert

Team Mascot: West Virginia Mountaineer

Year Opened: 1970

Capacity: 14000

City / State: Morgantown / West Virginia

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Capital Classic

Rival Team: Marshall Thundering Herd

Every year the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd square off in the state capital. West Virginia and Marshall first met in 1929. However, the matchup didn’t become a regular fixture until 1978. The Mountaineers hold a 33-11 lead in the all-time series, but you’ll always be in for a good matchup when these two meet.

Backyard Brawl

Rival Team: Pittsburgh Panthers

The Mountaineers and Pitt had one of the most intense rivalries in college sports up until 2012 when the Big East disbanded. The two teams have met 184 times with the Mountaineers holding a 96-88 lead in the all-time series, so don’t miss it when the series kicks off again.

West Virginia vs Maryland

Rival Team: Maryland Terrapins

The rivalry between West Virginia and Maryland began in 1926 and is one of the few rivalries that for the most part has been a non-conference rivalry. The two teams only played in the same conference from 1950 to 1953, but that hasn’t stopped them from developing a fierce rivalry over the years.

West Virginia Mountaineers Stadium Guide

In Game

Former Mountaineer Bob Huggins has had the Mountaineers on an upward trajectory since he took over in 2007 and you’ll be in for a treat when attending a West Virginia basketball game.

The current state of the program, as well as the strong fan support help, create a festive game day atmosphere that will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment the carpet is rolled out until the final whistle. West Virginia doesn’t have any pro teams, so the Mountaineers are the biggest game in town. Fans come from all over the state to support the team, and it shows in how die-hard the fans are here.

The Coliseum is also home to several excellent tributes to one of the best players in basketball history, Jerry West. Before the game, you’ll want to take some time to stop by the life-sized bronze statue outside the arena. You’ll also want to take a trip around the concourse and see the display dedicated to him as well.

Finally, Morgantown is a beautiful place to spend some time, so make the most of your trip. Make sure to stop by Patterson Drive if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat nearby the arena.

A West Virginia Mountaineers game is home to a fantastic atmosphere and is a great place to see some Jerry West memorabilia, so plan your trip today.


Things to check out

Jerry West Statue

Outside the Coliseum’s blue entrance is a life-sized bronze statue of The Logo. Jerry West is the most famous alumni in West Virginia history, so take a minute to snap a picture with the statue of Jerry during your visit to Morgantown.

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Jerry West Display

If the statue isn’t enough Jerry West for you, then make sure to check out the display case dedicated to the Mountaineers legend. The case features a variety of trophies and memorabilia and is a must see for any basketball fan.


Hanging above the arena are banners honoring the best teams and players in Mountaineers history. Observe the Banners to remember the Mountaineers two Final Four appearances as well as legends such as Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley.

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Couch Burning

No couch is ever safe in Morgantown even during basketball season. One of the most famous traditions at West Virginia is fans burning couches after the Mountaineers win a big game. The tradition has come under some pressure recently as authorities have been cracking down on couch burning, but fans still take part in this one of a kind tradition.

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Roll Out the Carpet

Before the Mountaineers take the court, a blue and gold carpet is rolled out. The tradition dates back to 1955 and works the crowd into a frenzy as they wait for their Mountaineers to take the court.

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Coonskin Caps

Many fans show their Mountaineer pride by wearing coonskin hats to the games. Put on your coonskin hat and join in on the fun that is a Mountaineers game.

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The Mountaineer

The Mountaineer is one of the most active mascots on game days leading the student section in cheers throughout the game. Few mascots in college sports get the student section as pumped up as The Mountaineer, so don’t miss him when attending a West Virginia basketball game.

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Pep Band

The Pride of West Virginia puts on an incredible show at football games, and the pep band is no different. The band provides a lot of energy inside the Coliseum, so enjoy the show during your trip to Morgantown.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight, Mountaineers

    Fight, fight, fight, fight, Mountaineers!
    We’re here to cheer for you.
    Take that old ball down the field.
    We’re putting our faith in you.
    Play that team right off its feet.
    You can’t be beat we know.
    And when the game is through,
    we’ll all cheer for you.
    West Virginia, West Virginia, rah!

  2. Alma Mater

    Alma, our alma mater
    The home of Mountaineers
    Sing we of thy honor
    Everlasting through the years.
    Alma, our alma mater
    We pledge in song to you
    Hail all hail our alma mater
    West Virginia U!

  3. “Take Me Home Country Roads”by John Denver

    Almost heaven, West Virginia
    Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
    Life is old there, older than the trees
    Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze.

    Country roads, take me home to the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads.

    All my memories gather round her
    Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
    Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
    Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.


    I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me
    The radio reminds me of my home far away
    And driving down the road I get the feeling
    That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.

    (Chorus ~ twice)

  4. Let’s Go Mountaineers!

    Let’s Go Mountaineers!

West Virginia Mountaineers Bars & Restaurants

  1. McClafferty’s Irish Pub

    The Bird Bar and Grill beer

    The Best Kept Secret in town.

    1301 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. The Sports Page

    Cotton Eyed Joe

    Bustling sports bar offering televised games, happy hour specials, pub grub & billiards tables.

    325 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  3. Mountain State Brewing Co

    Mountain State Brewing beer

    Wood-fired flatbreads, bar food & house beers with mountain views in a low-key pub setting.

    54 Clay St, Morgantown, WV 26501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Mario’s Fishbowl

    Marios Fishbowl

    Here you will get a taste of our unique fishbowl and find everything there is to know about the historic hot spot, from our frosty fishbowls of beer to our delicious sandwiches and award-winning chicken wings.

    3117 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. The Back Door

    Back Door

    Cheap prices, great college atmosphere, best happy hour in town. Who wouldn't want to be at The Backdoor.

    485 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  6. Bartini Morgantown

    Bartini prime

    Morgantown's Best Place for Great Food and a Great Time

    350 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  7. Crockett’s Lodge

    Crocketts Lodge

    They have 16 draft beers and plenty of bottles to choose from. They carry everything from local to domestic to imports.

    3395 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Kegler’s


    They offer a number of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and of course the”Best Wings in Morgantown”.

    735 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  9. D P Dough

    DP Doigh

    D.P. Dough calzones are tasty anytime. But, they are best known for being THE PLACE to go or call when it is crazy late

    408 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Casa D’amici

    Imos Pizza Pizza

    Casa D'Amici has established a reputation for providing highest quality food, excellent customer service.

    485 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  11. Tailpipes


    Gourmet burgers & inventive shakes are the specialty at this lively eatery with 1950s-style decor.

    417 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  12. High Street Canteen

    Five Star Tavern Burger Etiwanda Roadhouse Burger Old Bag of Nails Pub Burger Dixie Pig Barbecue Burger

    This place is definitely the hot spot on campus!

    514 N High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Dirty Bird

    DiRty BiRd sandwich

    Sets the bar for great Southern/Soul comfort food

    301 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  14. Oliverio’s Ristorante

    Oliverios Ristorante

    Traditional Italian dishes come in a relaxed, family-friendly dining room with a warm vibe.

    52 Clay St, Morgantown, WV 26501, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  15. Tudor’s Biscuit World

    Tudors Biscuit World burger

    Counter-serve chain featuring signature biscuits & other American classics from breakfast to dinner.

    323 N Court St, Fayetteville, WV 25840, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  16. Town Hill Tavern

    Town Hill Tavern beer

    A neighborhood bar serving the best chili dogs in West Virginia and the coldest (and biggest) beer in town.

    998 Willey St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. The Varsity Club

    tacos Varsity Club

    Sports-centric institution with casual American eats plus daily food & drink specials in comfy digs.

    910 Willowdale Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  18. Peking House

    Peking House

    Straightforward restaurant serving traditional Chinese fare in unpretentious digs.

    1125 Van Voorhis Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  19. Table 9

    Dine Table Nine

    New American fare, plus wine, craft beer & cocktails served in a bright, contemporary space.

    40 Donley St, Morgantown, WV 26501, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  20. Pies and Pints

    Pies and Pints

    Pizzeria chain offering an array of craft beers, plus specialty pizzas, salads & sandwiches.

    1002 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  21. Ogawa Japanese Restaurant

    Ogawa Sushi

    An array of sushi is served alongside casual Japanese & Korean eats in modest surrounds.

    2920 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$