Big Ten Announces Record Sellout for 36th Annual Kickoff Luncheon

Penn State's Joe Paterno will be one of many Big Ten representatives at the sold out Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 1.

Penn State's Joe Paterno will be one of many Big Ten representatives at the sold out Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 1.

June 29, 2007

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference office announced today that the 2007 Kickoff Luncheon is officially sold out, marking the fastest sellout in the history of the event by nearly one month.  More than 1,700 fans are scheduled to attend the 36th annual event on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
 
"We are eagerly anticipating the start of another great college football season and it shows our fans are as well with how fast we sold out this event," said Big Ten Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner.  "Our annual Kickoff Luncheon is the greatest preseason promotion of college football in the country and we are looking forward to welcoming our fans to the city of Chicago."

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually draws some of the most interesting and talented names in college sports. The list of former Kickoff Luncheon attendees includes coaching legends like Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes, along with each of the Big Ten's Heisman Trophy winners in the last 36 years - Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and last year's winner Troy Smith. In all, over 660 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and 38,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedule.