Mountaineer Week will host a Student LOT tailgate adjacent to West Virginia University’s Milan Puskar Stadium before the Mountaineers take on the Louisville Cardinals Saturday (Nov. 5).

The tailgate, which begins three hours before kickoff at 9 a.m., is just one of many events planned for Mountaineer Week. Free food and drinks will be provided in addition to the ROTC rock climbing wall and a live musical performance by the Davisson Brothers.

“I believe the Student LOT preceding our Mountaineer Week football game is important to our students, because it gives them a fun and safe place to gather before the game. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy what we have to offer,” said Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week adviser.

Attendees will enjoy a multitude of giveaways, including t-shirts, Monster energy drinks provided by Coca-Cola and a $200 gift certificate to the WVU Bookstore. The first 250 students through the gate will also receive free Texas Roadhouse and Chick-fil-A coupons.

The tailgate will also serve to showcase all Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer finalists prior to announcing winners during the game’s halftime ceremony. Various student-athletes will be in attendance to pass out sports schedules and greet fans.

The Student LOT is an area designed to provide all WVU students a safe, fun and free place to tailgate before home football games. This will be the final Student LOT of the season.

The Student LOT opens to walk-ins three hours before kickoff and will close 30 minutes prior to kickoff. A WVU ID is required to enter the area; however, guests of students are welcome. Items not allowed in the Student LOT are: Alcohol and beer, grills and open fires of any kind, pets, throwing of frisbees, footballs, etc., and music at individual vehicles while bands are performing.

Mountaineer Week is an annual celebration of West Virginia’s rich Appalachian heritage and traditions. The activities serve to remind and educate WVU students about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. This fall, the festival commemorates its 64th year. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Mountaineer Week website at

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CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week Advisor

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