Because of an overwhelming response to the Dec. 27”Mountaineer Fan Jam”in Charlotte, the free event at the Adams Mark will require a ticket for admittance, Alumni Association officials explained today.


“Limited capacity in the Adams Mark ballrooms and an overwhelming response from fans for reservations to `Fan Jamhas led us to the decision to ticket this Continental Tire Bowl activity,”said Steve Douglas, executive director.


The Fan Jam, from 7-10 p.m., has the theme,”The Spirit of Morgantown,”with the hope of making alumni and friends feel like they are home in West Virginia, Douglas said.


“We’ve booked Rick K.&The Allnighters, fresh from recent appearances at the NBA Finals and NFL pre-game shows,”he added.”The Morgantown-based band will perform doo-wop, Motown, classic rock and other tunes that will be sure to evoke High Street memories among nostalgic alums.”In addition, the event will have a cash bar and a limited complement of hors d’oeurvres, he noted.


To make reservations, send name, telephone number, home address and number of people in your party to: gregg.cave@mail.wvu.edu or call 1-866-988-2586 (1-866-WVU-ALUM).


Reservations will be accepted until capacity is reached. Tickets will be mailed to homes over the holidays.


“Fan Jam”will follow the popular Mountaineer Fan Center that will be set up in the Symphony Ballrooms of the Adams Mark Hotel beginning at noon and ending around 7 p.m. on the same day.


As in past bowls, the Center will feature exclusive WVU giveaways and trinkets, photos with Coach Rod (actually, his likeness in a life-size cutout), the popular”Who Wants To Be A Mountaineer Millionaire”game show and a potential”Mountaineer Market”to purchase bowl attire and other official WVU merchandise.


Fans can also sign message banners to the team there and enjoy drop-in visits by the pep band, cheerleaders and Mountaineer throughout the day. A limited supply of WVU commemorative Continental Tire Bowl pins will also be for sale at the Center for $5.


WVU s first commemorative bowl pin was designed in 1989 for WVU s perfect 11-0 regular season and participation in the Fiesta Bowl. The University has continued the tradition for each of the eight bowl appearances since.


Admittance to the Fan Center is free and reservations are not required.


Also on tap in Charlotte for Dec. 27 is the Continental Tire Bowl Uptown Pep Rally on the Square at Trade and Tryon streets from 5-6:30 p.m. and an Uptown Progressive Party to follow from 6:30 p.m.-midnight.


Further information regarding Charlotte and the Continental Tire Bowl can be obtained online athttp://continentaltirebowl.com.


Mountaineer fans continue to gobble up tickets to the Continental Tire Bowl on Dec. 28, with close to 18,000 tickets sold through the Mountaineer Ticket Office. Tickets still remain by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME.


Those traveling to Charlotte should also watch for Fan Center staff who will be distributing free gold pom-poms at the entrance gates to Ericsson Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m. on game day. Kickoff is 11 a.m.


Since Charlotte is within easy driving distance, no official air or land travel packages are being planned this year, according to officials. Many local travel agencies are planning various packages, and fans are encouraged to contact them directly.


To book hotel accommodations, fans are encouraged to contact the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-231-4636 or log ontohttp://charlotte.hotelguide.net/. Fans may also call 1-800-246-8357 to make reservations via hotels.com.


For up-to-date information on WVU bowl activities, go towww.wvu.edu/bowl/


Mountaineer team headquarters will be at the Omni Charlotte Hotel; the Mountaineer Marching Band will stay at the Charlotte City Center Courtyard.