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January 29, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU looks into adding luxury boxes

MORGANTOWN — Word has been going around of late that big plans are in the works with the West Virginia University athletic department, mainly that they are considering an expansion of Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Let us put that to rest.

While it’s true that a survey has been sent out to some of the top season-ticket holders and contributors, it’s not true that they are checking with them to see if the wind was blowing the right way to expand the football stadium in the traditional sense.

The 60,000 or so that it holds is quite adequate for the time being, at least until the rest of the world discovers our paradise here in north central West Virginia and decides to move it.

So don’t be concerned about increased traffic on game days or finding yourself sitting in the upper deck along with 80,000 or so blue and gold clad fans.

However …

You knew that was coming didn’t you.

According to Mike Parsons, the deputy athletic director, and his right-hand man Mike Fragale, they do have something up their sleeve and it may be the ace of spades when it comes to increasing revenue.

The survey is to see if there is an interest in increasing the number of luxury suites at the stadium, the ones having been built in the stadium on the hospital end of the field three years ago apparently having been a success.

One suspects in the economic situation in which America now finds itself, they may not find a whole lot of interest in their season-ticket holders and contributors upping their yearly budget for attending sporting events, even if it does buy them the comfort of being indoors and the right to play host to a number of their friends and employees, but the survey will let them know how that comes out.

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