MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Athletics has solidified a groundbreaking partnership with the North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB), designating the airport as “The Official Airport of WVU Athletics.” The collaboration, facilitated through the University’s multimedia rightsholder Learfield’s Mountaineer Sports Properties, is set to span through 2027.

“We are pleased to welcome the North Central West Virginia Airport to our team as the Official Airport of WVU Athletics,” West Virginia University Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. “The airport has a proven commitment to providing safe and reliable air travel, and with the future completion of its new terminal, the services provided will become even more important for our state. Our department looks forward to continuing the great relationship we have built with the staff there.”

North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB), operated by the Benedum Airport Authority, serves as a vital transportation hub for West Virginia, connecting communities across the region. Serviced by two commercial airlines – Allegiant Air and Contour Airlines – CKB offers travelers convenient access to both domestic and worldwide destinations through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub as well as numerous nonstop destinations. As the gateway to Mountaineer Country, providing seamless connectivity for fans and visitors alike is a top priority for CKB.

“The North Central West Virginia Airport is pleased to embark on this partnership with West Virginia University Athletics,” expressed Airport Director Rick Rock. “WVU Athletics serves as a significant cultural and economic driver in our region. We are eager to contribute to the fan experience by ensuring seamless travel for Mountaineer enthusiasts from across the country. With our new CKB terminal opening this Fall, the timing is perfect to intertwine these two great entities together.”

About North Central West Virginia Airport
The North Central West Virginia Airport is a public airport located in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The Airport is operated by the Benedum Airport Authority and is currently served by two commercial airlines. Contour Airlines offers daily service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) with connections beyond while Allegiant offers less than daily service to Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/St. Pete as well as seasonal service to Myrtle Beach and Destin-Fort Walton Beach. The Airport is a significant economic engine for the region and is in the process of expansion. For more information on the airport visit

About West Virginia Athletics
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at West Virginia University sponsors 18 varsity sports with more than 500 student-athletes competing in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s indoor and outdoor track, rifle, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, women’s rowing and wrestling. West Virginia University competes in the Big 12 Conference in all sports except men’s soccer (Sun Belt Conference) and rifle (Great American Rifle Conference) and strives in its athletics program for national excellence and prominence.

About Learfield
Learfield is a leading media, data and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions. Learfield services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.