'WVU Fan Day' has become a staple for most Mountaineer fans to kick off the football season. It's a chance for them to welcome the new players and see their favorite upperclassmen and coaches. West Virginia University invites hundreds of fans to come in and tour the practice facility. They can also meet with players, coaches, and maybe even the mountaineer.
Grab a poster, get an autograph, maybe even snap a picture--that's what 'WVU Fan Day' is all about.
Some fans have been coming to the event for years and love having the chance to meet the players and coaching staff.
"They changed the lineup a little bit this year," said Brad Waldo, a WVU Football fan. "They made it a little easier, which I like. You don't have to stand through three or four lines you just go from one table to the next and just have fun."
The event brings close to 2,500 people through the practice facility. That means a lot of foot traffic and a lot of organization.
"You work with the football operations staff and the coaching staff to get the players up here and schedule a time that you want to hold the event," said Matt Wells, the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Sales at WVU. "And then from there, you just promote it through social media, email blasting, and different media outlets to promote the event. Make sure fans are aware of the chance to come out and see their favorite Mountaineer."
Each year Fan Day has something special to offer the fans to take a picture with. This year was the team's brand new uniforms.
"I think fans have learned to circle this event on their calendar," said Wells. "This event is a known entity with our fans. And they'll come out and get their autograph and get ready for the season."
This season the fans will see a team of fresh faces. Most were excited to be able to meet the players that will soon be running onto the field at Mylan Puskar Stadium.
"It's a great chance to see a lot of unknowns," Waldo said. "It could be a season where we're nine and three, or three and nine. So I'm just kind of excited to see what's going to come out."
WVU Fan Day is a great way to kick off the season. For full coverage on the Mountaineers this season head over to the West Virginia Illustrated website.