Three-night land and air travel packages to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Toyota Gator Bowl have been announced by the WVU Alumni Association and National Travel. WVU officially accepted on Sunday an offer to play the University of Maryland in the New Year’s Day bowl game at Alltell Stadium. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC .

The WVU Alumni Association has selected the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel as their official headquarters, but will also offer land and air packages at the Sawgrass Marriot, the official WVU team headquarters.

Air packages leave from both Charleston and Pittsburgh.

A Dec. 29-Jan. 1 round-trip air transportation package from Charleston to Jacksonville leaves mid morning on Dec. 29 and returns after the game on Jan. 1. A round trip air package also leaves from Pittsburgh to Jacksonville on Dec. 30 and returns Jan. 2, with times to be announced.

Air packages include round trip air transportation, appropriate in-flight services, round trip airport/hotel transfers and baggage handling, three-night accommodations at the Sawgrass or Radisson, pre-registration of hotel rooms, baggage handling at the hotel, WVU Alumni Association pre-game event, round trip game transfers, reserved seat game ticket, Toyota Gator Bowl souvenir gift, and more.

National Travel Service and Alumni Association officials will also serve as travel hosts for the length of the trip and will staff a hospitality desk at the respective hotels.

In addition to the air packages, the WVU Alumni Association is also offering three-night hotel land-only packages at the Radisson and Sawgrass hotels from Dec. 29-Jan. 1 and Dec. 30-Jan. 2. The same features apply exclusive of air transportation, transfers and baggage handling.

For complete details and costs (they vary depending on package), visit online at http://www.nationaltravel.com/gatorbowl2003 or call Charleston, 304-357-0800; Huntington, 304-736-0625; or Morgantown, 304-598-0160.

The dates, times and location for WVU ’s popular Mountaineer Fan Center and other WVU bowl-related activities will be announced early next week.

In the meantime, tickets, priced at $40 plus shipping and handling, went on sale Monday (Dec. 1). Purchases can be made online at http://www.wvugame.com or by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME.

The ticket commitment per school is 12,750, but WVU expects to easily exceed that number. An estimated 40,000 WVU fans were in the stands in Charlotte last year for the Continental Tire Bowl.