Director of Sports Marketing Matt Wells said the pace of sales is about even with what the school experienced for the 2007 Gator Bowl and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.
WVU's final sales were 15,750 for the 2007 Gator Bowl and 10,000 for the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.
"Bowl ticket sales are very important for our program," Wells said. "Mountaineer fans have earned a reputation for filling stadiums, hotel rooms and local establishments during bowl season.
"As we all know, bowl committees have choices when it comes time to extend bowl invitations to teams. The stronger reputation a program has for selling tickets and traveling fans to bowl games, the more attractive that program is to a bowl committee."
WVU is allotted 12,500 tickets to the game at the Florida Citrus Bowl and about 1,600 of those go to the band, families of the players and the university's travel party. WVU is responsible for its entire allotment and cannot return tickets to the game.
Wells said it was important WVU fans interested in attending the game "buy their tickets directly from our allotment and help strengthen the reputation of the Mountaineer program."
Those tickets can be purchased at 1-800-WVU GAME or at wvugame.com.
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THE BOWL offers a $2.125 million payout to each of the participants, but WVU will make just $1.48 million for their role in the game. The payouts for all of the conference's bowls go into a common pot and are distributed afterward based on the game.
Connecticut will receive $2 million for playing in the Fiesta Bowl. Syracuse will get $1.5 million for the Pinstripe Bowl. WVU will make $1.3 million for the Champs Sports Bowl. USF (Car Care), Pitt (BBVA Compass) and Louisville (Beef 'O' Brady) will earn $1.1 million for their bowls.
Additionally, teams receive a mileage allotment of $200 per mile between campus and the bowl. WVU is about 900 miles from Orlando and will take in an additional $180,000 for travel.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.