MORGANTOWN — After final 12 months’s Gold-Blue spring soccer sport was stuffed with a wide range of drills and contests, with a smaller scrimmage sprinkled in, WVU head coach Neal Brown mentioned this 12 months’s model will likely be extra like a “true game.”
“We are going to do some ones vs. ones work during that time and we may not tackle the whole time because I think that is where you have to be careful,” Brown mentioned. “It’s extra of an exhibition, so that you don’t need to get folks harm in an exhibition, however for the younger individuals who haven’t carried out within the stadium in entrance of a crowd, it’s a extremely essential analysis.
“I like the competition piece of it. We tried to have fun with it last year. This year, it’s going to be more of a true game.”
The sport, which is ready to start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, will characteristic a split-squad, four-quarter scrimmage — the Gold crew will likely be led by operating backs coach Chad Scott, whereas the Blue crew will likely be represented by defensive position coach A.J. Jackson.
As a results of a coin flip, the Blue crew may have the house locker room and sideline, whereas the Gold crew will use the standard customer’s locker room and sideline.
With good climate within the forecast, followers are anticipated to return out in full drive, which is without doubt one of the greatest issues offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is watching — who can carry out with eyes on them.
“I think the thing you are trying to see the most is how they perform with people in the seats,” he mentioned. “That’s a different feeling and for some of the guys, it’s something they don’t have much experience in so I think you can get a lot out of that. You want to see their composure.”
Brown mentioned the quarterbacks — Garrett Greene, Goose Crowder and Nicco Marchiol — will probably rotate between each groups to get snaps with totally different personnel.
With quite a few occasions going down at Mylan Park (All-American Grand Bash, Mountaineer Classic Track Meet, Monongalia Classic Baseball Tournament, Aquatics Facility swim meet) and High Point racing this weekend, followers are inspired to make use of Interstate 68 (not exit 155 on I-79) to stop visitors congestion.
Gates open at midday, and tickets can be found for $10 every. Fans are inspired to buy their tickets prematurely on-line at wvugame.com and choose the cellular supply choice to allow them to keep away from lengthy traces on the stadium on sport day. Fans with cellular tickets are strongly inspired so as to add tickets to their Apple or Google pockets app previous to leaving for the venue.
Tickets might be bought on the Milan Puskar Stadium North Gate ticket workplace and the Southwest Gate ticket home windows (money solely) on sport day starting at 11 a.m. and on the Mountaineer Ticket Office within the Coliseum all through the week. WVU college students will likely be admitted free with a legitimate WVU scholar I.D. at any gate, and Mountaineer Kids Club members can present their badge at no cost admission.
WVU’s Clear Bag Policy stays in impact, and the Athletics Department invitations and encourages followers to go to wvusports.com/clearbag for extra data, to view photos of permissible and non-permissible gadgets and to acquire solutions to often requested questions concerning the clear bag coverage.
Fans are inspired to take a look at the Mountaineer Gear Sale going down contained in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility starting at 9 a.m. The sale supplies followers a chance to buy attire from soccer jerseys to shorts, sneakers and different gadgets from WVU athletics groups.
The Hall of Traditions will likely be open from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
For the Gold-Blue Game, all followers, together with WVU college students, ought to enter the stadium by the North, West, Southeast and Southwest Gates. There will likely be no stadium re-entry passes issued for the sport. Stadium seating, restrooms and concessions will likely be open on the decrease sections of the East, West and South sides solely (no higher deck seating).
All parking for automobiles and RVs is on a first-come, first-served foundation.
The following hospital parking tons on the East facet will likely be accessible for parking: F1, F2, F3, F4, and E. The following hospital parking tons on the West facet will even be accessible for parking: A1 and B1.
The center-most parking tons and the western-most parking a lot of the big Blue hospital car parking zone (Hospital parking tons C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, and C10) will likely be reserved for hospital sufferers, guests and employees. Towing will likely be enforced.
There additionally will likely be parking accessible on the Law School based mostly on availability.
The PRT is working on its regular Saturday schedule (9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), for the value of fifty cents every manner.
The sport will likely be televised on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+ platform. Andrew Caridi will deal with the play-by-play duties, Dale Wolfley will present evaluation and Amanda Mazey will likely be an on-site reporter.
Additional tv protection will begin with a particular Mountaineer GameDay Gold-Blue pregame present at midday on the entire native Nexstar associates, adopted by the sport broadcast at 1 p.m., on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
A portion of the proceeds from the Gold-Blue Game as soon as once more will profit WVU Medicine Children’s.