In light of recent warnings of a blackout at Louisville on Nov. 2, the WVU Alumni Association is encouraging alumni and fans across the nation to don their gold in support of the Mountaineers.

It would be great to see gold throughout the stadium on Thursday. In addition to alumni attending the game, we have more than 40 chapter game-watching parties taking place all over the U.S. We hope everyone will show their true spirit by wearing their brightest gold as we cheer the team on to another victory,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and chief executive officer.

More than 5,000 fans are expected to be on hand for the Big East rivalry. The WVU Alumni Association is hosting a pre-game tailgate at The Cardinal Inn from 5-7 p.m. For more information, contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731 or e-mail .

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 170,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, Student Alumni Association, and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs.