WVU Concert Compromise

West Virginia University officials and the state fire marshal have reportedly reached a compromise about how many seats would be allowed at Mountaineer Field for a proposed inaugural concert later this year.

University reps originally wanted to seat 7,000 fans on the field at the 60,000-capacity Milan Puskar Stadium. However, state fire safety codes reportedly would allow only 3,500 – an unusually small amount for the floor of a stadium – because the stage was going to placed in an area that would block tunnels players use to enter and exit the stadium.

The count has risen to 6,000 after officials agreed to relocate the stage to the center of the field and build steps in the field’s south end so fans can exit through the venue’s concourse in addition to the tunnels.

The proposed concert has not been booked yet, WVU reps said.