Morgantown, W.VA. – Last week, West Virginia football season ticket holders got the email no one wanted to receive; 2020 football season tickets will not be distributed this season. Season ticket holders were given two options for the funds from their 2020 season tickets: a refund or a MAC (Mountaineer Athletic Club).
Regardless of the two options given to season ticket holders, the 2019 and 2020 season ticket holders will still have their same seats and renewal options for the 2021 season.
The email regarding season tickets from CheapoTicketing was another blow to an already altered season. The Mountaineers have lost two of their three non-conference matchups due to COVID-19 concerns from the ACC as they were set to play Florida State on September 5 and the Big Ten’s Maryland on September 19.
West Virginia is set to host Eastern Kentucky in the new season opener in Morgantown on September 12. This game will take place with zero fans in attendance. It is not clear as to whether or not fans will be allowed at the remaining home games this season. As each game’s attendance policy is decided upon, season ticket holders will be allowed to log into their accounts and purchase individual game tickets.
Revenue from the season ticket purchases is a huge part of what keeps not just the football team moving forward, but the entire athletics department at West Virginia. Many smaller schools across the country have started to eliminate jobs within their athletics departments and some sports all together. Should fans be allowed at any of the remaining home games this season, it is likely that the university will need as many of the allotted tickets able to be sold to actually be purchased.
For longtime season ticket holders, the thought of a fall not filled with Saturdays in Morgantown, walks through the Blue Lot, frozen lemonades, pepperoni rolls and “Simple Gifts” at 11:45 on a Saturday is an unfamiliar fall. Throw in not getting to sing “Country Roads” with 60,000 of your closest friends and I’m not quite sure what a fall Saturday is anymore. The ability to have fans in Milan Puskar, even at a 10-25% capacity will be a true game changer; not just for the fans but for the Mountaineers who suit up in the Old Gold and Blue every Saturday.