(Photo by Clark Johnson - V.O.M)

If you were in attendance for WVU-Kansas on Saturday, you were probably in shock with the uniqueness of game day this season. Virtually nothing felt the same outside of the game itself. However, there was certainly enjoyment to be had in Morgantown.

 

Here are the five BEST things about game day in 2020:

  1. No Traffic:
    If you are like me, you probably hate driving – but most of all, you hate driving in Morgantown traffic. When 60,000 fans all pile into Morgantown at once, it is a living hell behind the wheel. However, with the limited attendance on Saturday, it was basically like a ghost town.Coming in was easy, and I was out of Morgantown in less than ten minutes as opposed to the usual hour. It was stress-free, and honestly, I wish every game day could be like that.
  2. No Bathroom Lines:
    This is the part of the game day experience I HATE the most…especially at halftime. Sometimes the line could be lined up halfway back the walkway, meaning you have to dodge fans while you are waiting. Sometimes it is even like this during the game.

    However, this Saturday I encountered no lines. I did not leave my seat at halftime, but throughout the game I could get up and go and not miss any of the game. Once full capacity is allowed again, I’m sure this will never reoccur. But it was nice while it lasted.

  3. Plenty of Room at Your Seats:
    Look, I love fan interaction at games as much as anybody – but I do not love having someone’s knees in my back for the entire game. This Saturday, we were able to move around and cheer without the fear of knocking someone over.Of course, I do not want this to ever be a thing after this year. I miss our 60,000 strong, and I want as many people as possible there cheering on our guys. Even if it makes the three and a half hours a little uncomfortable.
  4. The Pride:
    I was in section 130, so I was at the complete opposite end of the field from The Pride. It was odd not seeing them in their usual section, but simply having them there was awesome. They sounded great, and it was a pleasant callback to normalcy of a Mountaineer Football game. The Pride is easily the most underrated part of game day, and not just in 2020 – every season.
  5. Safety Precautions:
    This is what I was most worried about going into Saturday. My confidence was iffy on fans being socially distant from each other. However, I must say whoever planned how the seats would be laid out did a fantastic job.

    I am unsure if I will make the three hour drive to Morgantown again this season, but should I decide to, I have the peace of mind knowing that everyone will be in a mask and the distance between everyone is safe. Whether you are a COVID-19 believer or not is your choice, but I just want everyone to be safe.

    It was truly a tremendous job by the Mountaineer Athletic Department.