"We're looking at all avenues to see if any of the airlines can add seats for that time frame around the ball game," Belcher said.
In the past, some organizations have chartered flights to travel to bowl games. Charleston's National Travel was one, though Vice President of Finance Karen Cottrell said they would not be doing that this year.
"In this instance, because there's so many low-cost carriers, we are not doing a charter flight," Cottrell said. "We're just doing individual customized bookings.
"Most of the main carriers will try to be competitive, but I'm sure inventory will begin to be a problem as demand comes."
Even though National Travel isn't offering a charter flight, Cotrill said Monday they already had started receiving calls from fans and helped book travel arrangements for them.
"We've already begun receiving calls and interest in the bowl," she said. "We can help with getting air tickets, cars, hotels if they need it."
She said it was still too early to tell how interest in this pre-New Years Day bowl game compares to past non-BCS or New Years Day bowl visits.
The WVU Alumni Association will charter a flight out of the North Central Regional Airport as part of its bowl package.
The flight will leave Clarksburg on Dec. 26 and return Dec. 29. Lodging will be at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, where the team will be staying; package prices begin at $1,439.
Locally, retailers are preparing for the wave of merchandising that comes with bowl games.
"They've been calling already - they can't wait," Charleston Department Store Manager Dale Haynes said. "The phones rang off the hook this morning."
"We have had numerous calls this morning," SportMart Manager Buddy Clendenin said. "We always have people call in and ask. They're to the point now that they know we're going to get it, they just want to know when."
Both Haynes and Clendenin said they would soon have special bowl-edition T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. The apparel will start hitting shelves at Charleston Department Store Wednesday; Clendenin said he would have stock on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Both expect a rush on sales prior to the game.
"It'll get crazy," Haynes said. "Every year they get after the bowl stuff harder than they get the regular West Virginia stuff."
"I think it will be pretty good," Clendenin said.
He also said the Mountaineers' first visit to the Champs Sports Bowl could help boost sales.
"I think we kind of got burnt out with Gator Bowl and Carquest Bowl, and this will be a new location," he said.
While both Clendenin and Haynes have made the traditional bowl trip in the past, they said they're opting to stay home this year.
Those electing to watch from their living rooms can catch the game on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.