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WVU students vie for Alabama game packages

Daily Athenaeum file photo West Virginia University student sports fans are led in cheers by the school mascot.
Daily Athenaeum file photo
West Virginia University student sports fans are led in cheers by the school mascot.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dedicated West Virginia University football fans camped out in front of the Mountainlair starting at midnight Tuesday to purchase a package for the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game.

For $150, the package includes a full round-trip to Atlanta, two nights in a hotel, a ticket to the WVU Alumni Association’s pregame tailgate, a ticket to the WVU vs. Alabama football game and a ticket to the Atlanta Braves game on Aug. 31.

Only the first 110 students were able to purchase tickets at the Mountainlair. Steven Orlowski, executive director of the Mountaineer Maniacs, said he’s excited to share this experience with the students who were fortunate enough to get tickets.

“I’m excited for Mountaineer Nation and especially the Maniacs, to travel down to Atlanta as a group and to cheer on the Mountaineers as we beat Bama,” Orlowski said.

Students who were not able to purchase a package can buy tickets for the game itself at the WVU ticket office. The ticket is $50 and doesn’t include transportation to the game.

Orlowski said he believes the $50 ticket is a great option for students who were unable to purchase a package through the Mountaineer Maniacs.

“I’m looking forward to the trip, and I think it’s going to be the best away trip the Mountaineer Maniacs have ever taken,” Orlowski said.

The doors to the Mountainlair opened at 7 a.m., but students had been camping out long before.

Rebecca Ellis, a sophomore dental hygiene student, said she arrived at the Mountainlair at 12:30 a.m, but most students didn’t show up until around 3 to 4 a.m.

“With such a good deal on the tickets, hotel and transportation, we figured everyone would have the same idea as us to get there early,” Ellis said. “A lot of people did arrive early, just not as drastic as six hours early…

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