CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mountaineer football fans are in a New York state of mind.
The day after West Virginia University accepted an invitation to its seventh-straight bowl game - the Dec. 29 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse University - fans began the annual process of figuring out how to get there.
Yeager Airport officials said they were inundated with calls Monday from fans asking about flights to New York City.
"Our phones rang off the hook today with people calling for information," said Yeager Airport marketing director Brian Belcher.
American Airlines subsidiary American Eagle runs a daily non-stop flight between Yeager and New York's LaGuardia Airport.
That flight is now booked solid between Christmas and game day.
"It's already booked full through the 29th," Belcher said. "People were really buying it today."
The daily American Eagle flights seat only 44 people. Belcher said he and airport director Rick Atkinson were working with American representatives to get either extra flights or larger planes to accommodate more passengers.
While the American Eagle flight is the only direct one to New York City from Yeager, Belcher said seats remain on flights with stops in major airline hubs.
He said the remaining flight options with New York connections include: Delta Airlines to Detroit; United Airlines to Washington, D.C.'s Dulles Airport; and U.S. Airways to National Airport, also in Washington, D.C.
"Usually, if you get to one of those hubs, you can catch a connecting flight to one of the three New York-area airports," Belcher said.
Fans who don't want to fly can choose to drive.
Yankee Stadium is a 543-mile trek from Charleston that would take eight hours and 20 minutes in good traffic conditions, according to Google Maps.
The WVU Alumni Association and Mountaineer Athletic Club are promoting two travel packages for fans interested in going to the game. One offers group travel, and the other is for fans booking travel on their own.
The first, and more expensive, is called the "Pinstripe '12-Millenium" package. It is for fans arranging their own travel and includes a two-night stay at the Millennium Broadway Times Square hotel on Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29.
Prices start at $819 per person, and that does not include the price of a game ticket.
The second package is for a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Secaucus, N.J., for the Friday night before the game.
That package includes bus transportation from Morgantown; prices start at $349 per person.
The buses will leave Morgantown at 8 a.m. Dec. 28 and take fans from the New Jersey hotel to the stadium on game day.