As the West Virginia University Mountaineers get set to meet new Big East rival Louisville on Saturday (Oct. 15), City and University officials are continuing their proactive message of sportsmanship and fan safety.
City and WVU Police will continue to be a visible presence in and around the stadium and Sunnyside areas of town this weekend, and fire officials plan to issue abatement orders to remove furniture and debris from residencesif the need arises.
In addition, game day parking is restricted from 9 a.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday morning on Grant Avenue from Third Street to Campus Drive. Signs will be posted, and motorists may park in WVU Lots 7 and 11 (old stadium loop area) after 5 p.m. Friday.
WVU officials will also be reminding students and their parents via ads, email and web messages about the consequences of illegal behavior. Public service announcements also continue to run on statewide radio promoting good sportsmanship.
The message from officials remains unified, consistent and clear:There will be no tolerance for illegal behavior, including rushing the playing field, throwing objects onto the field or possessing alcohol beverages at the stadium. Further, any post-game actions involving illegal burnings, destruction of property, charging entry to a house party, underage drinking and other unlawful acts will be punishable by law.
Arrests and citations for unlawful behavior are punishable by fines and jail time, and University students could face further disciplinary sanctions, including expulsion and the revocation of athletic privileges, officials noted.
Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Gray applauded WVU s student fans for a great football season to date.
The students truly have been the 12th man, cheering our team on to a 5-1 start,Gray said.As we approach this exciting game against another nationally-ranked opponent, I want our student body to remain focused, proud and respectful. Lets allow the spotlight to shine on the team and avoid any type of activity that might mar a great game or possible victory.
WVU Chief of Police Bob Roberts added,Weve had great cooperation from our fans this season. We hope everyone will continue to come out and support the teamenjoy a great gamebe spirited and have fun, but be courteous and respectful of others.
Officials said the Homecoming game is a sellout.