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TV Show Coming To WVU To Profile Gameday Atmosphere


West Virginia University has the honor of playing host to a new television program looking to profile the marriage between food and sports.

Former ESPN anchor and radio host John Seibel is bringing a production crew to Morgantown this weekend for a new television show called "Food & Games."

"We're trying to capture that special atmosphere, that atmosphere that makes West Virginia football games special," Seibel said. "That is the idea behind the show. It is not just to go into the games or arenas, be it football, baseball, basketball, it doesn't matter, even horse racing. We want to capture what makes it special."

More than food or the particular sporting event the show chooses to invade, it is the people that will star in the program. It will not be any of the star players or coaches, it will be the fans that are profiled.

"What kind of person makes the West Virginia games special?" Seibel asked. "What's the atmosphere that makes the West Virginia games special? That is how we tie food and games together. We tell the story about the game, but really we are telling the story about the people who go to the games and eat the food."

West Virginia fans certainly choose many types of food to headline their tailgates. One of the most popular delicacies is the pepperoni roll. That particular food is already slotted to have its own spot in this show.

"There is going to be a special segment in the show about the pepperoni roll and the history of it," Seibel stated. "The pepperoni roll was not the only thing that put Fairmont, West Virginia on the map. Some lady named Mary Lou Retton put that town there as well. That's her home and that is where she is living again. We tie history, athletics and food into the show."

Seibel and his crew will be filming the pilot episode. They are already pitching this program to national networks and looking to find a permanent home for the show.

"There are several that are really dialed in and focused in on this type of product," Seibel said. "You talk about the Travel Channel or the new network called Destination America Network. These are the networks that tell the story of Americana, they tell the story of the American soul and that is what I am looking forward to than anything else. I want to find the network that sees this show as a part of Americana."

Seibel is asking fans to let them know where to go prior to the game. He also wants to know what makes your tailgate special and where he and his crew can find you. Click here to visit the Food & Games facebook page or here to visit the Food & Games twitter page.

WVU was very high on Seibel's list of places to kick off this show. He and his crew are looking forward to seeing West Virginia University live up to their expectations.

"I think this is going to be a unique show to capture something that is very much a part of our spirit," Seibel stated. "We're so excited and so thankful that West Virginia University and Oliver Luck has extended the olive branch to let us come down and do this. There are few atmospheres like West Virginia University and we are so excited to use that as our pilot."

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