Wing Bowl Tickets
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Hungry? You had better be if you are one of the contestants in the world famous Wing Bowl! The popular contest originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was begun by Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, two popular talk radio hosts who were looking to create a local event celebrating gluttony. The event takes place every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl and is broadcast on local AM radio channel WIP but has grown to something much more than merely a local event. Highlights from the contest are shown on several national media outlets including ESPN and it has now grown into one of the most popular competitive eating contests in the country, ranking right up there with the famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's in Coney Island. If you are planning on attending the immensely popular Wing Bowl be sure to get your tickets from StubHub as soon as possible because they are sure to sell out quickly.
The 2015 Wing Bowl will be held on Friday, January 30th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. More than 20,000 fans will be on hand to watch the ten minute contest which will crown the glutton who eats the most wings champion. Other awards are given for "trick eating" as well, making this one of the most exciting and unique eating contests in the world. People will be coming from all over the country to take part in this special event which seems to grow exponentially in popularity each year. Start making your plans to be in the City of Brotherly Love at the end of January to be part of the Wing Bowl.
The Wing Bowl has gained international notoriety since its humble beginnings as a local radio contest. This is the perfect way to kick-start Super Bowl Weekend, beginning with a chicken wing eating contest and culminating with the most popular sporting event in the United States which will crown the NFL champion. Tens of thousands of fans flock to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to witness this world famous event and the atmosphere inside the arena is nothing short of electric. Whether the Wing Bowl is the first competitive eating event you will have attended or the thousandth you are sure to have an unforgettable time.
Competitive eating draws in fans from across the globe, but the majority of the sports' participants come from Canada, the United States, and Japan. Takeru Kobayashi of Japan and Joey Chestnut of the United States stand as two of the most popular champions in the sport and have gained international recognition. The sport of competitive eating has a surprisingly long and storied history. Whether you watched a pie eating contest at a county fair or the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest either on TV or in person, people have long been fascinated by the sport. In 1997, the International Federation of Competitive Eating or IFOCE was born. Now known as Major League Eating, the group supervises and judges eating competitions all over the country, as well as producing TV programs with people eating a variety of food from hot dogs to wings on networks like the Food Network and the Travel Channel. The International Federation of Competitive Eating even has their own championship trophy, known as the Mustard Yellow Belt. Over the years the competitions have become quite lucrative, drawing more attention to events like the Wing Bowl.
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 first Wing Bowl was held in a conference room at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel and attracted 1,000 fans. Now at the Wells Fargo Center 20,000 fans attend the event each year which regularly sells out. Molly Schuyler is the defending champion having eaten an astounding 363 wings in last year's contest.