The West Virginia University Alumni Association is gearing up for the 2006 football season.With record season ticket sales, the Association is also expecting large crowds for pre-game tailgates.

There is a tremendous amount of excitement building among Mountaineer fans,said Steve Douglas, president and chief executive officer, WVU Alumni Association.Last year we welcomed more than 3,500 alumni, fans and friends to our hospitality tents, and we certainly expect even larger crowds for the upcoming football season.We look forward to bringing everyone together for a fun tailgating experience.

The Alumni Association and Texas Roadhousehave teamed together once again to offer atailgate-in-a-boxfor guests.The tailgate-in-a-box includes a barbecued chicken breast sandwich, pasta salad, baked beans, chips, soda and a famous West Virginia traditiona pepperoni roll.As always, alumni and friends will have a variety of beverages to choose from to quench their thirst.

The pre-game hospitality tent will be offered to members of the Alumni Association at a discounted price$10 per game ($70 for season tickets) for advanced tickets.Non-members may also purchase advanced tickets for $15 per game ($105 for season passes).The Alumni Association is also offering special kidsmeals at a discounted price.

The Alumni Association will welcome a limited number of walk-in guests on game days at a cost of $20 (members and non-members).Due to the high volume of past participants, alumni and friends are encouraged to purchase tent passes at least one week in advance to ensure ticket availability.For more information about event passes, please contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731 or 1-866-WVU-ALUM (866-988-2586).

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 165,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations.With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, Student Alumni Association, and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs.For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/