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Atmosphere Saturday is a key to success

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There is no question the phrase “home field advantage” is true. The atmosphere of thousands of screaming and cheering fans is something Neal Brown hopes and expects to see Saturday against Texas.

“It is going to be a great atmosphere,” Brown said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “… We are going to need our crowd, we are going to need our students — I hope they show up in huge numbers and stay. We are going to need them. The home field atmosphere/ advantage, it needs to be big. It is important for us this week.”

WVU wide receiver T.J. Simmons, 1, celebrates with fans singing “Country Roads” at Milan Puskar Stadium. (BGS photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Redshirt senior linebacker and Morgantown native Shea Campbell said Mountaineer fans are a passionate fan base. He added although the noise keeps the opposing teams offense from being able to hear the play, it also makes it difficult for the defense to hear.

“I love it,” he said. “But it also difficult for us. We are trying hear things and we are trying to talk to each other and when it is third down, 3rd and 8, you can’t hear anything. You can barely hear yourself think let alone look at someone else and tell them what is going on. It is awesome because if I can’t hear myself and I can’t communicate, then I know they definitely can’t. Because I am accustomed to it now, I am used to it. So I can at least have an idea and like we are all on the same page but I know for an opponent it is very difficult.”

As Brown stated, Saturday’s homecoming match-up is the Stripe the Stadium game.

Fans sitting in even numbered sections, Touchdown Terrace, stadium suites and WVU students seated in the upper level student sections are encouraged to wear gold to the game. Fans sitting in odd-numbered sections and WVU students seated in the lower level student sections are encouraged to wear blue to the game.

Those in town for the football game are also encouraged to support the men’s soccer team at 7 p.m. Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium or the Mountaineer baseball team which returns to Morgantown to host Marshall at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, and admission is free for all fans.

(Cover Photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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