The mothership, the giant clam, Huggyshouse, whatever you call it, the WVU Coliseum is quite the unique building in the West Virginia hills. In many ways I have always preferred the Coliseum to Mountaineer Field. For one I’ve spent a lot more time there, while there are only 6-7 chances per year to visit the stadium, you get 15+ chances to go watch a basketball game every year.
The Coliseum is also the home to the WVU School of Physical Education. The second floor, which the public rarely sees, is a combination of offices and classrooms. Its capacity of 14000+ makes the Coliseum the largest indoor venue in the mountain state. The pure concrete construction (and lack of air conditioning) of the Coliseum also makes it one of the loudest (and hottest) college basketball venues in the country, but on the downside makes it suffer as a music venue. I know from personal experience that running sound in the Coliseum presents many challenges. The University has explored upgrading to a concert quality sound system, but has been turned down by every large venue sound operation in the country.
It may be 40 years old but the Coliseum is the perfect home for the Final Four Mountaineers. I imagine that there is enough concrete in that building that it would last in some form until the Earth itself is swallowed by the sun.
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