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Changes are coming to the west concourse at Milan Puskar Stadium. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Changes are coming to the west concourse at Milan Puskar Stadium. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
MORGANTOWN -

In about three weeks, West Virginia University will unveil a project nearly four decades in the making as fans get their first look at the newly renovated Milan Puskar Stadium.

A year after completion of the east concourse, construction is nearing completion for a matching expansion on the west side of Mountaineer Field. On Friday, WVU associate athletic director of facilities and operations took members of the media along the new concourse to see the progress the stadium has undergone since the last game of 2016.

“A lot of people are saying this is the best the stadium has looked maybe since it was built and we’re excited about it,” Messerly said. “It’s all the pieces. It’s the really green grass at the north gate, it’s the new fencing, it’s the pops of color with the graphics. It’s all those things that work together. It’s really beautiful.”

The renovation on the west side alone will expand the concourse by some 22,000 square feet as restrooms, concessions and walking space are all reconfigured. Aesthetically, the concourse gets a face lift with new graphics, but also by changing chain link fencing to a more attractive look and by trading out cracked asphalt for a nice, clean concrete.

Many of the changes, however, were made to improve the overall fan experience by making the space available more practical and convenient for use. The concourse renovations cost an estimated $50 million in all.

Another new addition fans will immediately make note of upon visiting Mountaineer Field is the new video board at the north end zone, which is up and running with three weeks to spare.

“It’s a great, great screen and a great board and it’s very exciting,” Messerly said. “We know what’s going to come with people looking the other way and know that the south board is a little more dated and a little older, so we always have on our radar other updates for the stadium, but that north board is a great addition.”

WVU opens the 2017 home slate with East Carolina on Sept. 9 at Milan Puskar Stadium.  

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