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WVU Football Announces Stadium Events for 2016 Games

The 2016 games that will be designated Gold Rush, Stripe the Stadium and True Blue have been announced.

Jared Wickham

To celebrate the 125th year of West Virginia Mountaineer Football, several stadium events have been announced. In past years, the school has designated one game to be the official "Gold Rush", where fans are encouraged to wear old gold to the game. The first Big 12 game of the year has typically been designated as "Stripe the Stadium". When ESPN Gameday visited Morgantown in 2014, the Mountaineers had their first ever "True Blue" game.

The Mountaineers game against Missouri to open the 2016 season will be the official "Gold Rush" game. Fans are encouraged to wear old gold to the games. If you don’t have a gold shirt, check out the Smoking Musket’s "West By God Virginia" shirt which can be purchased in old gold.

Smoking Musket T-shirt
Michael Miller

The Gold Rush game was originally started by former coach Rich Rodriguez in the 2007 season. Inspired partially by the Penn State "White Out" and the Louisville Cardinals "Black Out" in 2006 against the Mountaineers, Rich Rod encouraged fans to wear all gold for their game against the Cardinals. This year marks the 9th year for the annual tradition. The Mountaineers are 7-2 in Gold Rush games.

The Mountaineers first Big 12 home game against Kansas State on October 1 has been designated Stripe the Stadium as well as Homecoming. Fans in even-numbered sections, Touchdown Terrace and students sitting in the upper level are encouraged to wear Gold. Fans sitting in odd-numbered sections and students sitting in the lower section are encouraged to wear Blue. The Mountaineers are 2-2 in Stripe the Stadium events, including a 70-63 record setting game against Baylor in the first ever Stripe the Stadium. You can visit this link for a map of sections and what color to wear.

The Mountaineers clash against the Oklahoma Sooners on November 19 has been designated as the "True Blue" game. The tradition, first started against TCU in 2014 has seen the Mountaineers go 1-1 in these games.