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Wing Bowl Tickets

Wing Bowl tickets

Wing Bowl Tickets

The Event

Everyone knows about Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest that takes place every Fourth of July on Coney Island. As entertaining as it is, real gluttons for punishment and competitive eater fanatics flock to The City of Brotherly Love every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl for the Wing Bowl. Every year over 20,000 fans and bystanders cheer on the brave participants at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to see who will be crowned the next Wing Bowl Champion.

Any fan of good natured fun as well as chicken wings won't want to miss the opportunity to see what has become one of the most popular competitive eating contests in the world. The first thing to know about the Wing Bowl is that it is serious business. There is a very lucrative prize and even has its own commissioner. In order to participate in the Wing Bowl, one must win a "Wing Off", a 10 minute wing eating contest or perform an eating stunt, where the parameters have been prearranged with radio personalities Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, the Wing Bowl founders. This is no longer a Philadelphia-centric event, with clips of the Wing Bowl appearing on ESPN, Real TV and newspapers and news shows all over the country. You need to see this to believe it, so grab your tickets to the Wing Bowl today.


The Sport

The sport of competitive eating has a surprising long history. Whether you watched a pie eating contest at a county fair or made the trip to Coney Island for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, people have long been entertained by the sport. In 1997, the International Federation of Competitive Eating or IFOCE was formed. Now known as Major League Eating, the group supervises and judges eating competitions all over the country, as well as producing television programs on the sport from hot dogs to wings on networks like The Travel Channel and the Food Network. The International Federation of Competitive Eating even has their own championship trophy, known as the Mustard Yellow Belt.

The other main body competitive eaters is the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters(AICE), which differs with its picnic style of eating, which focuses on the item of food rather than just the sport of eating it as quickly as possible. Competitors cannot dunk their food in water to make it easier to swallow, a practice that the AICE believes takes away the integrity of the food.

Competitive eating attracts fans from all over the world, but most participants come from the United States, Canada and Japan. The most famous champions of the sport are Joey Chestnut of the United States andTakeru Kobayashi of Japan. These two champions have found international fame for their victories throughout the sport. Over the years the competitions have become quite lucrative, drawing more attention to events like the Wing Bowl.


The Experience

One thing is for sure, when it comes to the Wing Bowl, or any competitive eating contest...you never know what will happen. Underdogs and newcomers have just as good a chance to take home the top prize as the seasoned vet. There is a weigh-in the night before the competition, which takes place in South Philadelphia, and offers fans a chance to rub shoulders with not only the eaters but the Wingettes as well. The Wingettes are a mix of boxing ring girls and cheerleaders, and escort the competitors into the Wing Bowl. The Wing Bowl is not known for the faint of heart or the late riser. The event starts at 6:00 in the morning to coincide with the morning show, and competitors like to interact with the spectators before they get down to business. They have been known to throw things into the crowd, so fans usually wear protective gear like raincoats. During the Wing Bowl anything can happen and this is one competition that you have to see to believe.


The History

The Wing Bowl was conceived by Philadelphia radio personalitiesAngelo CataldiandAl Morganti, morning radio hosts on Philadelphia's sports station, 94 WIP-FM. What began as a simple radio stunt has become a national phenomenon, carried on television and the internet every year. Philadelphia Eagles fans are known for their harsh and unforgiving manners when times are tough for the team and Angelo Cataldi is no different. In 1993, Angelo Cataldi decided a fun way to enjoy another Super Bowl week that did not include his beloved Eagles was to find something that the city could rally around. What began as 10 local contestants eating their weight in chicken wings and broadcast on the local sports radio show now features the top names in competitive eating like Joey Chestnut, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas andTakeru Kobayashi, who holds the all time Wing Bowl record of an astonishing 337 chicken wings. With prizes up to $20,000, its no surprise that it attracts the best of the best as well as 20,000 fans every year who just can't look away.


Wing Bowl Trivia

Did you know that Bill "El Wingador" Simmons is the all time Wing Bowl champion with five first place finishes and one second place finish. Rumor has it that he "trains" for the Wing Bowl by chewing on frozen tootsie rolls in the days leading up to the event.

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