In late July and early August, the fields at the Greenbrier as well as the AdvoCare Center are used for the New Orleans Saints training camp, but in just a month, two college teams will be using the field to hold spring practice.
“It’s a great day for Southern West Virginia, and our state,” said Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice.
As if a PGA tour stop and an NFL training camp weren’t enough, Justice is bringing more sporting events to the Greenbrier. At the AdvoCare Sports Performance Center Monday he announced both WVU and Marshall football programs will be paying a visit to White Sulphur Springs.
“This is such a great facility, we’re going to be able to get a lot of work done so our guys are really excited about being here,” said WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen.
A star studded cast was on hand to make the announcement, including former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington, and WVU tight end Anthony Becht, both first round picks in the NFL draft. The two school’s athletic directors also showed their support for their players to practice at the new location.
“To give them that opportunity to go around the state,and to give our fans the opportunity to not have to go to Morgantown to see our teams practice, I think it’s a great development for those young men on the field,” said WVU A.D. Shane Lyons.
Marshall’s A.D. Mike Hamrick added, “I came down and watched the Saints practice one day and I said ‘wow, wow, this place has the wow factor,’ and we’re looking forward to being here.”
The Mountaineers and Thundering Herd will each spend a weekend at the resort, with practices and an intra-squad scrimmage on the Saints training field.
“We’ve taken our team across the state before but it’s always been day trips, so we’re going to come down Friday, spend the night, relax a little bit and get two practices in,” Holgorsen said.
Marshall’s intra-squad scrimmage will be April 11th at the Greenbrier training facility. WVU will be a week later on April 18th. Both scrimmages will be open to the public.