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A new, dual-purpose, premium space and training table named the Clark Mountaineer Club has opened its doors at the WVU Coliseum. The new space offers an exclusive premium experience on Mountaineer basketball game days, while also serving as an athletic training table throughout the week for WVU student-athletes.
The area is named after Fred and Linda Clark and their family who gave a gift of $3 million for the club's completion. Clark is a 1974 summa cum laude graduate of West Virginia University and received his juris doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law in 1977.
"My wife, Linda, and I see the primary importance of the Mountaineer Club to be new service to our student-athletes as a training table and potential student event center that is the first major addition to the Coliseum that I can remember," Clark said. "I see our Coliseum to be an extension of the history and legacy of the WVU Field House, and I have been going to games and events at the Coliseum my entire adult life.
"Now to be able to support WVU athletics in general and the current basketball teams led by coaches Josh Eilert and Mark Kellogg in their first seasons, with the new Clark Mountaineer Club is simply one of the best things Linda and I have been able to accomplish."
The Clark Mountaineer Club is located on the concourse level of the WVU Coliseum between the Gold Gate and the Mountaineer Gate with its footprint extending onto the Coliseum apron.
"Fred and Linda Clark are great Mountaineers and have always been supportive of our department. I cannot thank them enough for having the vision to see how the new Club will enhance the Coliseum experience and benefit our student-athletes," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "The Clark Mountaineer Club at the Coliseum is a game changer for our athletics department. Not only will it reinforce our nutritional commitment to our student-athletes, but also provide additional premium space on game days and for special occasions."
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