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Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Mountaineer Field

1924-79

 

— West Virginia University —

 
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By Bradley Owen, July 29, 2021
1. Mountaineer Field Marker
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The 35,000-seat Mountaineer Field was the home of West Virginia University football from 1924-79, and the Mountaineers held a 169-81-12 all-time record there. Athletic director Harry A. Stansbury authorized construction on the stadium at the Falling Run site, excavated by steam shovels and horse-drawn wagons, to begin in 1922

Mountaineer Field was completed by the 1924 season, at a total cost of $713,143.61, raised mainly through private donations. A horseshoe shaped structure with an enclosed bowl at its east end, it had a natural grass surface until Astroturf was installed in 1969. Called the "Jewel of the Mountains," when it opened, Mountaineer Field was the site of many memorable games and an unforgettable placeto spend an autumn afternoon.

Constructed: 1922-24

First Game: West Virginia 21, West Virginia Wesleyan 6

September 27, 1924

Dedication Game: West Virginia 14, Penn State 0

November 14, 1925

Last Game: Pitt 24, West Virginia 17

November 10, 1979

Record Crowd: 38,681


Head Coaches at Mountaineer Field

Clarence
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Spears 1921-24 • Ira Errett "Rodg" Rodgers 1925-30, 43-45 • Earle "Greasy" Neale 1931-33 • Charles "Trusty" Tallman 1934-36 • Marshall "Little Sleepy" Glenn 1937-39 • William "Bill Kern 1940-42, 46-47 • Dudley S. DeGroot 1948-49 Art "Pappy" Lewis 1950-59 • Gene Corum 1960-65 • Jim Carlen 1966-69 • Bobby Bowden 1970-75 • Frank Cignetti 1976-79
 
Erected 2004 by Office of the Provost, the WVU Alumni Association, and the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 39° 38.2′ N, 79° 57.313′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from Campus Drive, 0.1 miles east of Beechurst Avenue (U.S. 19), on the right when traveling east. The marker is in the courtyard between the Life Sciences and Business and Economics Buildings on the downtown campus of West Virginia University. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 Campus Dr, Morgantown WV 26501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Hick House" (a few steps from this marker); Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodburn Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
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By Bradley Owen, July 29, 2021
3. Mountaineer Field Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Women's Centenary (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodburn Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Chitwood Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Martin Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
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By Bradley Owen, July 29, 2021
4. Mountaineer Field Marker
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5. Head Coaches At Mountaineer Field
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Construction of Mountaineer Field in 1924; dedicated on November 14, 1925.
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By Bradley Owen, July 29, 2021
7. Final game at Mountaineer Field (1979) Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Last updated on August 17, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   4. submitted on August 11, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   5. submitted on August 17, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   6. submitted on August 20, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   7. submitted on August 2, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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