Dust off the tailgating equipment and fire up the grills. Come Saturday, Sept. 4, Morgantown will once again become the most populated city in the state as West Virginia University kicks off its 2004 season against East Carolina at Mountaineer Field.
p. Before you dig out your rowdy rags, heres what students and parents need to know about ticketing and tailgating:

Student online ticketing begins just after midnight Saturday

WVU s new student ticketing system �€that puts fans online instead of in line �€launches at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29.

So, beginning at just a minute after midnight on Saturday, currently enrolled and athletic fee-paying students can request free tickets (one per student) by logging ontohttp://www.wvugame.comfor the 6 p.m. East Carolina game. (Please note: Tickets are only offered online and are no longer available at the Mountainlair Ticket Office.)

WVU officials remind students to pay their tuition and fees by the close of business Friday, Sept. 10, because this is the date the Office of Admissions and Records deletes course registrations. Students who have not paid their fees by this date will lose access to football games and other privileges, officials warned.

Graduate assistants with tuition waivers, who would like to attend games and have full student privileges, must sign a special form with the Office of Graduate Education or the Office of Student Accounts and pay Special Fees B ($233). They may submit their payment at Student Accounts, located in the basement of Stewart Hall, or request billing.

Full-time students taking Extended Learning classes also have the option of paying a $234 fee in order to participate in athletic events and other on-campus activitieseither at Student Accounts or the cashiers office in Bennett Tower.

Students can register for tickets as follows:

Log onhttp://www.wvugame.com.

Click onget tickets(in thestudent ticketssection of the Web site).

Log into the ticket return system using your MIX user name.

Type in the last six digits of the new WVU ID for the password. Please note that this is not the MIX password. The new WVU ID can be found in the STAR information system, on the students class schedule and other forms.

Select a ticket from one of the following areas: Maniacs (for fee-paying Maniacs members in good standing), Senior Spirit Section 121 (for students who have achieved senior status of 89-plus credit hours or who are graduate or professional students) or Upper Deck or Lower Deck (open to all students).

Registration for each home game will begin six days prior to kickoff at midnight and remain open for two days.

Note the following schedule:

p. Game Day
Football Game
Online Ticketing Begins

Saturday, Sept. 4
East Carolina
Sunday, Aug. 29

Saturday, Sept. 18
Sunday, Sept. 12

Saturday, Sept. 25
James Madison
Sunday, Sept. 19

Thursday, Oct. 21
Friday, Oct. 15

Saturday, Nov. 6
Sunday, Oct. 31

Saturday, Nov. 13
Boston College
Sunday, Nov. 7

Following this initial two-day registration period, students will receive e-mail confirmation with instructions on how to claim and print their tickets. For 6 cents, students who do not have printers may print their tickets at the downtown library or the computer labs at Bennett Tower and White Hall.

If tickets are still available after the claim period, students who still want to attend the game can claim leftover tickets up until kickoff on game day. Students may also purchase one guest ticket for $30 depending on availability.

Students who claim a ticket, but decide not to attend must cancel their ticket online by noon the day before kickoff to avoid losing loyalty points.

Loyalty points are accumulated by registering and attending games. These are applied toward the lottery, which kicks in when demand exceeds supply. The more points each student has, the greater chance of receiving a ticket.

On game day, students must present their tickets and valid Mountaineer (ID) Cards to gain admission to Milan Puskar Stadium. Tickets will be scanned and IDs checked at the student gate on the east side of the stadium. Students who have lost their ID cards may get new ones in room G-118 at Bennett Tower starting three hours before the game. Students may also obtain a replacement at the same location Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the Mountainlair Mountaineer Card Services Office weekdays between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is a $20 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards, and it may be paid at any cashiers office.

Tickets are non-transferable and can only be used by the student who originally registered for the ticket. Damaged tickets may be replaced at the student gate. However, the University is not responsible for lost tickets.

Approximately 11,000 student tickets are allotted for football home games. A limited number (100) of $10 tickets are available at the gate on game day for students with WVU regional campus ID cards.

If the lottery distribution system takes effect, tickets will not be available for regional campus students, and they are should contact the Mountaineer Ticket Office at 1-800-WVU GAME for general public tickets at regular price.

Anyone experiencing difficulty logging onto the ticketing Web site should contact the Help Desk at 304-293-4444 ext. 1 from noon until midnight Sunday, Aug. 29.

The Universitys online ticketing system is endorsed by WVU s Student Government Association. For further details about the online ticketing policy, go tohttp://www.wvu.edu/football_tickets/or the FAQ page athttp://www.wvu.edu/football_tickets/footballFAQ.html.

Pit tailgating regulations

The Pit tailgating area opens three hours before kickoff and closes at kickoff (located on Oakland Street near the Ronald McDonald House).

Free food and soft drinks are provided.

Only charcoal grills are permitted; no other types of fires allowed.

Limited parking permits (50) are available to students with valid Mountaineer ID card on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Student Organization Services office in the Mountainlair for $7 beginning at 9 a.m. the Monday before each home game. No parking permits will be sold after 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Vehicles should enter the lot before kickoff; vehicles that leave may not re-enter.

Permit holders of legal age, with valid driver’s license and valid ID card, may bring one keg of beer (or 6 cases) into the lot per vehicle; cans of beer (no bottles) are permitted.

One six-pack of beer per person of legal age (walk-ins) is allowed; plastic cups and recycling bins will be provided; alcoholic beverages and wines are not permitted.

Beer sales from kegs, etc. are prohibited; distribution of beer in plastic cups to underage students is not permitted; those in violation will have Pit and athletic privileges revoked and be subject to disciplinary action.

Instruments (beer bongs, keg stands) and activities that encourage excessive consumption of beer are not permitted.

Throwing of Frisbees, footballs, etc. is not permitted for safety reasons.

No pets permitted.

Limited accessible parking available.

Walk-ins welcome.

Mountaineer Parent parking

The Mountaineer Parents Club will be offered parking on football game days in

one sectioned-off side of the Pit.

40 parking spots will be available.

The lot is for parking only; alcohol and tailgating are not permitted.

Parking lot opens three hours before game time.

Security guards will be on hand to monitor the lot.

Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents can call 304-293-4397 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for information about the parking permits.

Season permits are $42; individual game permits are $7.

Payment should be by check; cash and credit cards will not be accepted.

All permits must be paid for in advance.

Proceeds benefit student organizations.