The”Mountaineer Fan Jam”planned for Dec. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., at the Adam’s Mark Hotel ballrooms has reached capacity, Alumni Association officials have announced.


“We received over 3,000 requests for tickets within 48 hours of the event announcement,”said Stephen Douglas, the association’s chief executive officer.”We booked the largest available space in downtown Charlotte for this party, but it looks like our fansenthusiasm can be contained only by a football stadium.”


The ticketed, but free event will have the theme,”The Spirit of Morgantown,”bringing a touch of High Street to North Carolina. Fans who submitted reservations to the Alumni Association will receive their free Fan Jam tickets in the mail over the holidays.


While the Fan Jam may be full, there are numerous additional Continental Tire Bowl events scheduled throughout Charlotte.


The popular WVUFanCenter will be set up in the Symphony Ballroom of the same hotel (Adams Mark) beginning at noon and ending around 7 p.m. on the same day.


As in past bowls, the Center will feature exclusive WVU giveaways, 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 the 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 the University’s perfect 11-0 regular season and trip to 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.


Other pre-game activities in Charlotte on Dec. 27 include the Continental Tire Bowl Uptown Pep Rally. This spirited gathering will be in the heart of the city, at The Square, located along Trade and Tryon streets from 5-6:30 p.m. An Uptown Progressive Party will follow in the same area 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 Ericsson Stadium entrance gates 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. Many local travel agencies are planning various packages, and fans are encouraged to contact them directly.


To book hotel accommodations, fans can 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.