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2003 Monon Bell Sells Out in Record Time

October 15, 2003

Game to be Nationally Televised; List of Alumni Parties; Postgame Reception for Coach Nick; TV Report on Coach Nick's 'Final Bell'; Pre-Order Your 2003 Monon Bell DVD

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October 15, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Tickets for the 110th battle for the Monon Bell -- between DePauw University and Wabash College and set for November 15 at DePauw's Blackstock Stadium -- have sold out in record time. DePauw's allotment of tickets was made available Monday morning; all were accounted for by 9 a.m. this morning. "The excitement level fans have for this game seems to increase every year," says Bill Wagner, director of sports information at DePauw University. "It took a week to sell tickets out last year. To exhaust our supply in 48 hours suggests people are champing at the bit to be a part of this rivalry, one of the greatest in college football."[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1971 Monon Memory" 2396KB]

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1996 Monon Memory" 4575KB] [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1990 Monon Memory" 3182KB] For the first time since 1994, the Battle for the Bell will be televised nationally. HDNet, America's leading all high definition national television network, will present the contest live over DirecTV, DISH network, Charter Communications, and several other cable providers. Learn more about the telecast and HDNet by clicking here. The game will be televised locally by Indianapolis PBS affilate WFYI (read more here).

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1942 Monon Memory" 1967KB] Again this year, DePauw and Wabash are working together to stage alumni parties across the nation where graduates and friends of the colleges can gather to catch up with friends and cheer on their favorite team. As of this writing, alumni telecast parties are set to be held in 22 cities and more sites will be added as game day approaches. For a list of sites and hosts, click here.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "2001 Monon Memory" 4124KB] For a third consecutive year, the Monon Bell Classic is being offered to fans of DePauw University and Wabash College on DVD. DePauw and Wabash will jointly produce this year's DVD, which is available at a special “early bird discount.” Through November 15, fans can pre-order the 2003 DVD at a special price of $12 (copies of the disc will be $15 after that date). You can pre-order your disc by clicking here(discs of the 2001 and 2002 Bell games are also available at $10 each). Again this year, the DVD will offer a collection of "Monon Memories," clips that highlight the history of the Bell battle. The film footage dates back to 1940.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "2000 Monon Memory" 1639KB] This year's game will mark the final contest for Nick Mourouzis, DePauw's all-time winningest football coach, who will retire at the end of the season (read more here). Coming in to this year's game, the all-time series is tied at 50-50-9. The 110th meeting between the two rivals kicks off at 1:05 p.m. on November 15.

After the game, at 7 p.m., a public reception will be held for Coach Mourouzis. Free and open to all, you can read more about the event here.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1955 Monon Memory" 1772KB] For more information on the DePauw football program, please visit the team's official site by clicking here. More details on the Monon Bell rivalry are available here.

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