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West Virginia fans' goal: 'Occupy Heinz Field'

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Don't be surprised to see a little West Virginia blue and gold Wednesday night at Heinz Field when Pitt hosts Connecticut.

"Occupy Heinz Field," an informal movement started by West Virginia fans to attend the game — and possibly unfurl a Mountaineers banner — is gaining steam on Twitter and Facebook.

Josh Hall, a WVU fan who lives in Carnegie, floated the idea on a message board as a spoof of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. He doesn't know how many WVU fans will attend, but he's hoping for as many as 2,000.

"Maybe we can get enough people to do kind of a friendly rivalry kind of thing," he said Friday.

West Virginia student Ryanne Ball plans to attend with three friends.

"It's going to be a fun night to be a Mountaineer in Pittsburgh," she said.

Last night, there were about 1,000 tickets for the game on sale on for between $1.98 and $28.

"I'm considering (going to the game)," said West Virginia fan Jim Ashley, who writes a blog at "But I'm keeping an eye open for the weather. It's like herding cats: If you can get people to do it, it's great. But if you can't, it won't be good."

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