The fan experience doesn't merely cover the stadium's look. Concession stands, restrooms, the proximity of parking to the stadium and other conveniences can distinguish a stadium. Mazey understands a lot of those ideas are money driven, but he has things in mind that he'd like to bounce off his peers today.
"One thing in college stadiums is that people seem to enjoy watching the game on the outfield fence," Mazey said. "I know some parks around the country I've been to have a tailgating area behind the outfield fence. Some have party decks. That's the kind of thing for college kids to watch the game. You want it to be a place people want to come to."
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THE BIG 12 is looking into helping WVU's basketball teams with their travel for the 2013-14 season, but Mazey said he's unaware of any assistance for the baseball team, which has commercial flights and frequently long bus rides after those flights.
Mazey is hoping for more games in Morgantown next season - and that's assuming the new stadium won't be finished in time. WVU played all of its conference home games in Charleston or Beckley this season.
"Everyone in Morgantown was so excited to join the Big 12 for baseball that I'd like for those people to have an opportunity to see some Big 12 games," he said. "I'd love to play more games here."
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WVU PLAYED just eight games in Morgantown at Hawley Field and just two in the season's final 25 games. Mazey said his team was on campus for 33 of the final 103 days of the season.
As difficult as that was from a performance standpoint, Mazey said it was a grind academically, too.
"Our guys basically never attended a Friday class all season," he said. "Some of them missed Thursday classes, too, because we traveled Thursdays."
Still, Mazey said the team's spring semester GPA was 2.89 following a 3.12 in the fall. While that's "pretty significant," according to Mazey, his team still has to worry about the Academic Progress Report that arrives next June. If the Mountaineers are below a 963 for the 2012-13 year, they'll face a postseason ban in the 2015 season.
WVU's last three one-year APR scores were 965, 912 and 822. The four-year average beginning next season has to be at or above 930 to avoid the postseason penalty.
"We tried hard to make sure everyone did pretty well in school and when you have a team GPA over 3.0, you don't get hurt as much by the APR," Mazey said. "Something I've taken a lot of pride in is academics and APR. You can't foresee the future, but I hope we're in good shape."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.