Kookan believes that students see the celebratory burnings as a rite of passage during a big weekend in Morgantown.
"I know the mindset is there already," Kookan said. "There's nothing they can do to stop it."
Although students primarily inhabit the areas included in the abatement, Caravasos said that the measure was geared to problems, not to people. The order was issued in areas that have seen the most malicious activity in the past.
Abatement hasn't been issued in Morgantown since 2005, when WVU faced rival Virginia Tech. Now, with ESPN College Gameday coming to town for the first time, the city is preparing to prevent riots and intentionally lit fires after Saturday's game against Louisiana State University.
"We're basing this on prior history," said Caravasos. "(Abatement) definitely helps cut down on the size, intensity and number of fires in the area."
In addition to the abatement, anyone caught intentionally lighting fires is subject to felony charges.
"When we catch someone, now they're looking at being arrested and having to go through the circuit court," said Morgantown Chief of Police Ed Preston.