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A letter from President E. Gordon Gee

(Published in The Daily Athenaeum, September 24, 2015.)

Dear Mountaineer Fans:

Football season is an exciting time for Mountaineer Nation. As the players, coaches, cheerleaders and band prepare for another great Saturday of competition and performances, we know fans are also preparing to cheer on the Mountaineers as they take on the University of Maryland Terrapins at 3 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Mountaineer fans have great energy, passion and enthusiasm for our team, our City and our University, and we always want to represent West Virginia University and the Mountain State in a positive light. So, whether you are tailgating or in the stands, we encourage respectful, courteous and considerate behavior toward everyone – including our opponents. Please welcome them and show them our true Mountaineer spirit!

As in the past, please keep in mind The High Five Rules Of The Game:

1. No excessive drinking—intoxicated fans are not allowed inside or outside the stadium.

2. No foul or abusive language.

3. No smoking in the seating or concourse areas.

4. No throwing stuff (anything) onto the field.

5. No ignoring of the instructions of Event/Security personnel.

If you are tailgating, be sure to review the guidelines for the parking areas surrounding the stadium. Important information is printed on the back of each parking permit.

You can find more details about game day policies inside Milan Puskar Stadium, as well as fan services, at or download the official WVU Gameday app for Apple or Android devices. Follow @GamedayWVU on Twitter.

Be sure to head into the stadium early to catch the Pride of West Virginia’s pregame show. And, of course, stick around after the clock runs out, and we’ll sing "Country Roads" together after a big win—one of the best traditions in college sports. Together, we can create Mountaineer memories of which fans ages eight to 80 will be proud.

We know you will do your part in making every game day a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Be proud and cheer loud, fellow Mountaineers!