The practice facility is supported by the College of Creative Arts and WVU Athletics. It will be a much-needed upgrade for The Pride of West Virginia – its current practice space is a parking lot at WVU’s Coliseum. The new facility will be located on the Evansdale campus, replacing Hawley Field, the old home of WVU
The renderings released today include a football-field-sized turf field, a pavilion to protect users from the elements, lighting and sound systems, and climate-controlled storage for instruments and uniforms.
“This new facility would mean we no longer need to fear the adjustment or cancelation of rehearsal due to harsh weather conditions or lack of available space,” said Pride member Issac Price. “We can focus on making heartfelt music and quality entertainment for our beloved fans.”
Fundraising for the facility is already underway. WVU Alumni Band, a group that extends the marching band experience beyond college, is helping fundraise for the project and has committed to raising $500,000. The group has started the Adopt-A-
Dot campaign, which allows supporters to adopt a dot that signals where a band member starts a performance and symbolizes where the Mountaineer Marching Band is today, and where we’re going. Every $250 you give in support of the Pride Practice Facility purchases a symbolic dot that shows your pride in our marching band.