Greetings my fellow Mountaineers! As all WVU alumni and friends are aware, the Mountaineers will be heading to another exiting BCS bowl game for the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on January 2.
As a part of the WVU bowl experience, I?m excited to be keeping you involved in the day-to-day activities in the weeks leading up to and including the bowl game. I hope my report back to you will give you a ?hometown? feel as I meet many the Mountaineers who have traveled near and far to cheer our team to victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.
The greater Phoenix area will provide a number of different options for Mountaineer travelers interested in attending the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Air fares are still abundant from nearby major metropolitan airports and generally run in the $300 to $500 range.
Most activities for Mountaineer fans will be centered in the Scottsdale section of the Phoenix Metro Area. The team headquarters will be the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, while the WVU alumni headquarters will be just up the road at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch.
For daily updates on Tostitos Fiesta Bowl coverage, please visit ?WV BowlSpace? (http://bowlgame.wvu.edu/) ? a social networking community where Mountaineer fans can gather from all points around the globe to get information about activities and events surrounding the bowl, show support for the team, post your favorite WVU photos or share your special WVU stories of home.
The Mountaineer football team has participated in 20 post season bowl games since the 1972 season. For four decades, the holiday season and travel to bowl game has been synonymous with WVU fans across the country.
West Virginia University has enjoyed a storied reputation of its supporters traveling across the country to back their team. I?ve had the good fortune as a student, and now as a WVU alumnus, to participate in 19 of those 20 contests. I?m sure my attendance at bowl games is not an exception for many alumni and friends. That?s the case for R.A. ?Big Cat? Soccorsi of Morgantown who will be attending his 16th WVU bowl game with pride. ?Big Cat? will be in the Valley of the Sun beside student members of the Mountaineer Maniacs where he serves as an honorary member.
On our travels and through our day-to-day interactions, it?s hard not to find a Mountaineer connection. Recently, members of the Fiesta Bowl Committee were in Morgantown to meet with alumni and fans. The committee chairman, Dick Stemple, was born and raised in Webster Springs, WV. Dick?s nephew, John Stemple, was the Mountaineer mascot from 1994-95, so he is very excited to have West Virginia University representing his home state in Arizona. Dick would love to hear from the Mountaineer faithful, so be sure to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are at home cheering for the team or joining us in Arizona, we hope you will continue to show your Mountaineer pride no matter where you may be. So tell me, what?s your favorite bowl game memory? Who have you reconnected with on your travels?
Let?s Go Mountaineers!