Spring Game Details Announced

West Virginia will hold its Gold-Blue game on Friday April 30, and has announced activities surrounding the game. The program will also honor the miners lost in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster earlier this month.

West Virginia University will hold the annual Gold-Blue spring football scrimmage Friday, April 30, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. The intrasquad scrimmage will conclude WVU's spring football drills.

Gold-Blue Game festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. as Mountaineer fans can stop by the Fan Festival in the stadium lot adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House. Kids will be able to play on inflatable games and get autographs from former Mountaineer football players.

The festivities will continue with an "Old Timers" game featuring former WVU football lettermen inside Milan Puskar Stadium at 7 p.m. that will lead up to the Gold-Blue Game kickoff.

Tickets are available for $5 each. They can be purchased in person in advance the week of the game at the Mountaineer Ticket Office located in the WVU Coliseum or at the Milan Puskar Stadium gate on game day. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid ID.

Proceeds from the Gold-Blue Game again will benefit WVU Children's Hospital.

Stadium parking lots will open at 5 p.m. with certain areas of the blue lot available for Gold-Blue game parking and other areas of the blue lot reserved for hospital parking only. More details on available parking wil be released as gameday approaches.

Head Coach Bill Stewart also announced that the football program will display a helmet decal to honor the 29 coal miners who were tragically killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster on April 5.

The decal will be a white circle with a black number 29 in the middle of the circle. This decal will be displayed for the WVU Gold-Blue Game and throughout the entire 2010 football season.

"These 29 miners deserve our respect," Stewart, who lost his uncle, Buss Williams, in a mining accident in 1961 said. "This is a way we can honor what these guys stood for. They were true West Virginians who were working to support their families. That blue collar work ethic is what our program is all about."

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