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Mountaineer Country Compiling Feedback From First Big 12 Football Game

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Feedback continues to come in days after West Virginia University hosted its first Big 12 football game.

As the information compiles, local organization are looking at trends and looking for answers.

One of the proudest trends for local groups came straight from many Bears fans -they liked Morgantown and the people.

Many fans were greeted with open arms Saturday by the city's Ambassador Program as well as mayor Jim Manilla among others. It was during that when Peggy Myers-Smith of the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau learned that many weren't spending their time in the area, rather driving in from Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

"The ones who happened to stay in Pittsburgh, which most of the ones I talked to at the tailgate were of that group, where put on a bus in Pittsburgh and brought directly to the tailgate and where put on the bus when the game was over and went home," said Myers-Smith.

Myers-Smith said the CVB has been working hard, trying to avoid the very situation.

"We have been networking with the CVBs in other Big 12 Cities to get information out, and we have created a landing page for Big 12 fans, to educate fans on opportunities," said Myers-Smith.

North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock said getting people to spend time in Mountaineer Country starts with flying into Mountaineer Country.

"The real economic impact comes when they start staying in hotels, they're traveling, using all of our facilities, retail shops, restaurants and we really get to promote West Virginia from within, not just someone traveling in on a bus and right back out," said Rock.

Rock also said that many teams have always flown into Pittsburgh and out of Clarksburg, staying the in Washington, Pa., area. This year he said four of the six teams will do the same and said now is the perfect time to change that.

The Morgantown CVB is working on improving things for next season. Each road game representatives from local groups are building relationships with groups in other Big 12 cities.

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