White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (April 25, 2016) – More than 6,000 fans turned out at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center on Saturday, April 23, for the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, the final practice session of the spring for the West Virginia University football team.

The nearly 2-hour scrimmage under sunny skies included plenty of offense, as the Gold squad (offense) found the end zone seven times in securing a 49-46 win over the Blue (defense).
“The good Lord blessed with a wonderful day,” said Jim Justice, Owner and CEO, The Greenbrier. “It was not too hot and not raining. The Mountaineers performed terrifically, and we were very, very blessed to have them.”

The WVU team and coaches arrived in Greenbrier County on Friday, April 22, and the team toured The Greenbrier and was treated to a dinner upon their arrival.

Saturday’s activities included all of the regular fanfare of a Mountaineer football game, including the cheerleaders and the new Mountaineer mascot, Greenbrier County native Troy Clemons.
The WVU players used the locker rooms and all of the facilities in place for the New Orleans Saints Training Camp each year, and they ended the day by circling the field and interacting with the gold- and blue-clad fans that turned out to show their support.

“I want to send out a sincere thank you to the Greenbrier,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “The hospitality down here is unbelievable.

“The guys came (Friday) night, and they walked through the facility. They had a wonderful dinner. They woke up, and it was awesome (Saturday) morning. You can’t ask for anything better.

“We had over 6,000 fans out there. When the team pulled up two hours before the game, there were people everywhere. That gets our guys pretty juiced and cranked up. It was a wonderful day for everyone involved. A huge thank you to Mr. Justice and the Greenbrier for the hospitality. It really is second to none when it comes to hospitality and facilities. It is a wonderful place, and I hope that we can continue to come down here for a long time.”

WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who, along with Holgorsen, has seen The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center first-hand during visits to Saints camp and a practice session WVU held at the facility last spring, was equally pleased with the overall experience.

“The people have been great here,” said the Van, W.Va., native. “The hotel and security have been great. Everyone that had their hands in this has been great.

“It’s a great atmosphere for our guys. It’s something different. Again, touching the southern part of the state is great. We want to give back to our fans a little bit, and we were excited to do that. I am from down here, so it is good to be back. I hope we continue to do it this way.”