Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia University Coliseum has been home to the West Virginia basketball team for the past 50 years. During this time, the Mountaineers have gone 549-149 (77.6 win percentage) and the Coliseum has gone through multiple renovations since 1970 when it first opened its doors.
In 2016, the Coliseum went through many renovations, including new restrooms, concessions, as well extensive aesthetic changes. With additional upgrades during the offseason – including brand new seats and an enormous new video board hanging over the court – there is simply no place better in the country to watch a college basketball game.
Head Coach Bob Huggins and Director of Athletics Shane Lyons have made facilities a real priority, and it has paid off. Huggins, Lyons and West Virginia University have made Morgantown the preeminent location for college basketball on the East Coast.
Back in 2016, Huggins ripped the fans’ attendance, or lack thereof, saying, “We’re 9th in the country. We were sixth in the country, and we want to act like we are a big time program. I told our guys before the game. We practice every day with nobody in here and if people don’t want to come see us, that’s their loss.”
Huggins wasn’t wrong then and he’s still not wrong. Despite many years of success, a legendary head coach leading the team and the best facilities in the country, West Virginia fans make every possible excuse – traffic, parking, weather, increasing ticket prices, etc. – to not attend games.