• Your Ultimate WVU Tailgating Guide

    No doubt you have been to a tailgate before- but just how savvy of a tailgater are you? Read on for a complete list of WVU tailgating tips and leave us your comments with your favorites!


    • Set yourself up for success

    The key to any good tailgate is preparation. First, decide if you will be bringing a camper, tent or just your Truck/SUV. If you will be bringing a tent be sure to bring along a pole caddy in case of windy weather.

    Second, decide what you will be having to eat/drink. Some folks prefer to keep it simple and head to Sheetz for sandwiches beforehand, storing them in a cooler with drinks until they are ready to eat. If you are looking to be a bit more adventurous and cook, you will need to make sure you have an easily portable grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, a solid grilling glove and BBQ utensils.



    • Prepare as much as possible night before

    You will need to get up fairly early to tailgate—prepare what food you can the night before so that you can simply pack it to go the morning of. Tailgate meal prep is a great time to marinate meats, prepare sides and create Mountaineer treats, easy enough with a cake pan, muffin pan, cookie cutter or candy mold.




    • Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

    You worked hard on getting everything together for your tailgate; don’t let it look a mess! Get some Instagram worthy shots with some simple embellishments. WVU themed platters are a festive way to show off your culinary masterpieces. Add some flair to your table with some DIY decorations- invest in a chalkboard for a reusable party prop, blow up some WVU balloons, ornament the table with gold and blue confetti, or patch together a tablecloth out of old Mountaineer apparel.



    • Stay hydrated

    Tailgating in Morgantown can be a full day event. It’s important to keep hydrated throughout the day. Bring along a reusable water bottle, or buy a pack at the store and freeze them the night before to keep them cool all day long. If you are running out of room in your cooler with all of the food you packed, look into getting a collapsible cooler to just store your hydration essentials.




    • Kick back and relax

    You’ve done all the work, now it’s time to chill! Sit back in your chair, munch on some snacks, get a can in your koozie (a tailgate must have for keeping your beverages cool).



    • Get in the Football spirit

    While tailgates are ideal spots for socializing, it helps to have some activities to get your crowd excited for the game. Most times each tailgate has a Jambox with a game day playlist or the pregame kickoff show blaring. Depending on your audience you may want to bring some playing cards if you are looking for some low key entertainment, if there will be kids present there are always fun football games to play, or Softee footballs to bring for a catch. If you are looking for something a bit more interactive, corn hole is a big fan favorite, if you can’t afford to buy a set look into making your own using palettes.



    • Stay warm

    While the weather is mild at the moment, it’s only a matter of time before the tailgates start getting colder. Definitely dress for the weather with fleece hoodies, mittens, hats and scarves, but maybe think about bringing along a warm blanket to throw over your legs and a tumbler with coffee or hot tea.



    • Easily clean up

    When it comes to game time, you want to get in there and see the Mountaineers play, not sit outside cleaning up while kickoff is underway. Bring a large, plastic container for all of your platters and BBQ utensils, and have your fellow tailgaters use plastic cups, napkins, paper plates and plastic table covers. Just be sure to bring along some trash bags, and in one fowl sweep you can gather all of the trash easily and toss it away before entering the game.



    Now that you’ve spent all day getting prepared- it’s time to cheer on our boys in Gold & Blue! Let’s Go Mountaineers!


  • 2017 WVU Fall Style Guide

    It’s that time of year again- classes are back in session, the anticipation of football season hangs heavy in the air, and while the temperature has not cooled down yet, it’s only a matter of time before its hoodie weather.

    As the season begins to change, your wardrobe needs to follow suit. This fall we want to make sure you have all the seasons’ essentials with our 2017 WVU Fall Style Guide. Check out the latest products at the Book Exchange for men & women to show off your WVU pride in line with the latest trends!



    Game Day- Nothing shows your game day spirit more than one of our football jerseys. Made by Nike, our jerseys are durable and versatile—available in home, away and alternate colors. The perfect pick for gold rush or stripe the stadium games. Add one of our new Nike caps to top off the look.


    Casual- One of our top sellers for men is West Virginia’s official 150 years tee. Half polyester, half cotton, this shirt is the epitome of comfort and style. Wear it at home to lounge in, to class, or to any athletic event.


    Chill- Our WVU quarter zip pullover is the perfect transition piece into the colder weather. Outfitted with carbon heathered moisture management fabric and two deep pockets, this item is essential for fall nights spent out at bonfires or tailgates.


    Outdoor- For those who love to hunt, or for those who just love Camo styles, our Realtree fleece is a great addition to your wardrobe. Pair it with our Nike Digital Camo hat to blend in no matter what the event may be.





    Lounging- As the temperatures cool down, what’s better than staying in with some comfy clothes and a good book? Check out our WV Boardwalk pant for maximum comfort—it’s made with French Terry material, and pair it with our ultra-comfy WVU Woolly™ Sweatshirt. Woollies™ offer vintage comfort and effortless style, just as perfect for lounging as they are for enjoying a tailgate or heading to class.



    Outdoor- Puffy vests are still a major fall wardrobe must-have this season-- get more for your money with our new reversible Columbia powder puff vest. Pair it with any number of WVU tops you have, or wear it with our brand new Columbia women’s plaid hooded top- available in-store only.


    Casual- Whether you are planning a workout at the gym or just looking for some new athleisure wear, our Champion Fleece hoodie is a great staple for your wardrobe. Add our WVU stamina leggings for a great on-the-go look, featuring mesh inserts and the flying WV on the sides.



    Dressy-  Who said dressy and sporty cant mix? Our swing dress is just one of 3 WVU dress options offered at the Book Exchange. Pair it with high brown boots and a scarf for a night out to dinner, or flats, leggings and a cardigan for class.


    Game Day- Our cropped vintage jersey is the perfect top for fall games. Pair it with jeans or shorts, depending on the weather--this top works perfectly in both hot and cool temperatures. Add our WVU Low Top Sneakers to complete the look.


    See something you like? Shop online using any of the above links, or stop by either of our convenient locations on Willey Street or Patteson Drive to prepare for class, games, nights out on the town, or outdoor adventures in WV!

  • Community Spotlight: WVU’s National Youth Sports Program & Why It’s So Important

    Tucked behind the Coliseum is the WVU Shell Building, one of the East Coast’s finest indoor facilities for track, field & athletic training. A bustling mecca of activity during the fall & spring semesters, it is relatively quiet in the summer months—with the exception of June 20th-July 20th, when it’s overtaken by over 100 local kids, aged 8-15. An annual summer camp now in its 30th year, the NYSP (National Youth Sports Program) is one of our areas most impactful youth programs, inviting kids from diverse backgrounds to experience a summer sports camp at a minimal and non-prohibitive cost.

    While it was once a large, nationwide program, the NYSP is now only available in around 15 locations, mostly due to tightening state budgets. As one of the few remaining NYSP’s in the country, the WVU chapter prides itself in getting kids off the street, keeping them away from television and computer screens, and ensuring they are active and outdoors during the summer months.

    From the hours of 9am-12:45pm, campers split their time between 3 different activities—ranging from basketball and flag football, to ultimate Frisbee and bowling. Campers also get the benefit of cooling off during swimming lessons, and get to grab a complimentary, healthy lunch before boarding the bus back home each day. WVU’s NYSP also incorporates field trips in their curriculum, taking campers on outings to the WVU Art Museum, the West Virginia Black Bears Baseball Stadium, and Raptor Rehab, an orphaned bird rehabilitation center. NYSP also welcomes special needs campers, providing individual mentors when necessary.

    We sat down with Russell Orlikoff, the WVU NYSP Activities Director, to talk more about the lasting impact the program has had in the community. Orlikoff states: “We get a lot of positive feedback from the community; whole families have gone to NYSP... I think we create a positive outlet here, it’s more than keeping kids busy, its providing them with the tools they need to be successful in other aspects of their lives. We teach them about the importance of exercise and eating right (junk food is strictly forbidden), along with sports and leadership skills. The kids here are held to pretty high behavior standards, NYSP provides a good structure for them.”

    Walking around the camp it’s easy to notice the big numbers of staff and volunteers- many of whom are NYSP alumni, all of whom find enjoyment in their daily interactions with the campers. With all the great work being done at WVU’s NYSP, it should come as no surprise that it just received a proclamation from the City Council for the success the program has had in our community.

    A long-time advocate of the NYSP, the Book Exchange is proud to be a sponsor of our WVU chapter. For more information on the WVU chapter of the NYSP and to figure out how you can help support the program, visit: http://nysp.wvu.edu/.

  • 4th of July Mountaineer Essentials

    With Independence Day a week away, everyone is busy making plans to figure out how to spend the holiday. There are certainly no shortage of activities to keep you busy this 4th- the question is simply who you want to spend your holiday with and where. Whether you are looking to host a big backyard BBQ, catch some rays out on the lake or just watch some good ol’ fashioned fireworks- we got you covered with your WVU essentials. Below are just a few of the many ways you can show your love for the Mountaineers this July 4th:

    WV Backyard BBQ Essentials

    WVU Mini Ceramic Tray- You spent so much time working on those ribs for the big party- show them off in style with this bright tray!

    WVU Silicone Oven Mitt/Grilling Glove- Handle anything on the grill in Mountaineer fashion with this unique oven mitt. Its dishwasher safe too so no need to worry about cleanup.

    Men’s: WVU New Era 15 Stars Performance Cap- What better way to show some patriotism than with our star-spangled cap? The perfect complement to your 4th of July ensemble that can be worn year-round.

    Girls: WVU Gigi Gingham Check Dress- Have a little one joining you at the party? Keep her comfortable in this 100% cotton lightweight dress while she shows off her Mountaineer pride. Also available in infant sizes.

    WV Logo WVU Moscow Mule Mug- Ah, the taste of a refreshing Moscow Mule on a warm summer’s day…treat guests (or yourself) to one with our sleek, copper mug! Click here for the recipe.

    Recipes to WOW- According to Quartz, West Virginia’s most popular BBQ dish is the Smoky Mesquite BBQ Meatball sliders—get the recipe here!


    WV Lake

    WV Lake Day Essentials

    Men’s: Gear West Virginia Swim Trunks- Dive right into the holiday weekend with our WVU swimming shorts. These navy trunks are durable and feature an elastic waistband, drawstring, and a back zipper pocket for your valuables.

    Men’s: Nike WVU Stadium Team First Tank Top- Perfect for some fun in the sun this 4th of July, our striped tank will show off your home team spirit and leave you feeling comfortable and stylish.

    Women’s: Columbia WVU Breezy Tank Top-Ladies, our soft Columbia Tank is the ultimate cover for your bathing suit this 4th of July weekend! Light and breezy, show your love for WVU while you cool off lakeside!

    WVU 150 Years Can Koozie- In the heat of the July summer there is one priority on everyone’s mind when they head outdoors: keeping your beverages cool.  Our 150th anniversary koozies are the perfect solution, each can cooler fits a 12 oz can.

    WVU Logo Prism Tumbler- Add a little sparkle to your hydration this holiday with our blue prism tumbler, straw included.

    Fun Lake Activities- You don’t need to own a boat to have a great time on Cheat Lake! Did you know Paddleboard Yoga is offered? Or that you can rent kayaks, boats and more? Click here for a full list of all the activities you can partake in on Cheat Lake this 4th of July!


    WV Fireworks

    WV Fireworks Display Essentials

    West Virginia Home Cap- We all know that there's no place like home, especially when it comes to the state of West Virginia! Share your pride for our state on America’s birthday with our washed twill cap, available in 5 colors.

    WVU Elite Chair- Show your Mountaineer pride and stay comfy during the fireworks display with our lightweight, easily portable chair.

    Women’s: Skicks West Virginia Low Top Sneakers- Stylish and comfortable our Skicks sneakers will keep your feet clean and warm out at night while the sky lights up in celebration!

    WVU Halftime Lunch Cooler- Keep your snacks and beverages cool during your celebration with our mini cooler. Its lightweight, with a handle to make it easy to carry.

    Women’s: WVU Spirit Flag Burnout Racerback Tank- Nothing screams 4th of July like this racerback tank top sublimated with the WVU Spirit Flag. Show your love for our state and the US with this new gem!

    The Ultimate Fireworks Display- Looking for local events to catch some fireworks and outdoor music? Click here for a full listing!

    Cheers to the upcoming holiday weekend and we hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

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