MORGANTOWN — With the Mountaineers North Carolina-bound, West Virginia University alumni and friends have an opportunity to head south to cheer the team to another bowl victory and stay with other fans at official WVU Alumni Association hotels.

WVU will face the University of North Carolina in the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl Dec. 27 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

“We are excited to be offering alumni and friends options to travel with us,” said Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the alumni association. “The trip is a short car ride for many alumni and fans, so we hope people will take advantage of this great opportunity to spread the Mountaineer spirit in Charlotte as we cheer our outstanding team to another victory.”

The association, in coordination with the Mountaineer Athletic Club, is offering two economical travel options for alumni and fans staying in Charlotte for the bowl through

The first option includes a two-night stay at the Westin Hotel (up to four-person occupancy) and a souvenir item. Alumni and friends will check in Dec. 26 and leave Dec. 28. The cost for this option is $585 per room.

Fans also can choose a two-night stay at the Crowne Plaza (up to four-person occupancy), checking in Dec. 26 and leaving Dec. 28. The cost for this option is $485 per room.

Both hotels are conveniently located in the center of the city and provide access to various activities, including shopping and restaurants.

In addition, alumni and friends taking advantage of the association’s travel options will have the choice to add game tickets and a pregame brunch for an added charge.

Admission to the brunch also can be purchased by all alumni and friends attending the game. Go to to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

For more information about travel options or to book a trip, visit the Web site or call 1-800-924-9993.

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