A tradition created by WVU students, the first down cheer is heard during home football games prior to the announcement of a first down. Mountaineer fans raise their hands and cheer in unison until the first down call is made. Following the call, fans lift their arms up and down three times, clap, and then signal to the end zone chanting “first down.”
“Hail West Virginia”
One of the most recognizable college fight songs in the country, “Hail West Virginia” immediately evokes enthusiasm from WVU fans and sends chills down the spines of those who dare to oppose them.
Let’s Go Mountaineers!
A rousing cheer at WVU athletic events, the Let’s Go Mountaineers tradition allows fans to square off in a cheering challenge. Led by the Mountaineer cheerleaders and mascot, one side of the audience chants “Let’s Go” while the other side responds “Mountaineers.”
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The Mountaineer Mantrip is a team walk designed to rally WVU fans before each home game. Each walk begins when the team is dropped off approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before kickoff at the corner of WVU Medical Center and Don Nehlen drives. As the team and coaches make their way to the field, they are greeted by cheering fans and pass by a 350-pound block of coal that was donated by Alpha Natural Resources.
One of the most beloved of all West Virginia athletic traditions, the Mountaineer Mascot first appeared at WVU sporting events during the 1934-35 school year with Lawson Hill taking on the role.
Singing the Alma Mater
Traditionally the alma mater is sung prior to each home Mountaineer football game.
“Take Me Home Country Roads”
The theme song for WVU, “Country Roads,” has been performed at every home football pre-game show since 1972. The song is also played after every home victory, and fans are encouraged to stay in the stands to sing along with the team.
The Pride of West Virginia
The Mountaineer Marching Band thrills fans from its exciting entrance onto the field to its formation of the state outline during its pre-game show.