Did you ever go to a game at the old Mountaineer Field? We stumbled upon this great little documentary on YouTube on the “Jewel of the Mountains” and learned these five interesting facts:
The stadium was built in 1924 at a cost of $740,000. In 2014 dollars, that would be just over $10 million.
The stadium seated 30,000 people, but Garrett Ford, Sr., a former football coach, said if they got 15,000 people they were happy. “It was such a different atmosphere. Everybody went to the game, they wore shirt and ties.”
The seats were MUCH closer to the field than in the new stadium. “It was cozy,” said (the legendary) sports writer Micky Furfari.
There were plans to expand the stadium by putting a second tier of seats that would have gone out over campus drive. The plans were abandoned.
The last game played at the stadium was a 24-17 loss to Pitt in 1979. The stadium was finally torn down in 1987. Watch the full documentary on YouTube (it’s 8 minutes long).