Plans for 2003 Monon Bell DVD Announced; "Early Bird" Savings for Pre-Orders

Plans for 2003 Monon Bell DVD Announced; "Early Bird" Savings for Pre-Orders

September 19, 2003

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September 19, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - For a third consecutive year, the Monon Bell Classic, one of college football's great rivalries, is being offered to fans of DePauw University and Wabash College on DVD. "It's the perfect way to remember what is almost always an afternoon filled with great plays, high emotions and the best of what college sports can be," says DePauw University director of media relations Ken Owen '82. DePauw and Wabash will jointly produce this year's DVD, which is available at a special “early bird discount.” Through November 14, 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.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "2001 Monon Memory" 4124KB] This year's DVD will offer a new collection of "Monon Memories," clips which highlight the history of the Bell battle. The film footage dates back to 1940. "If you love this game, and many alumni, students and friends of the two colleges do, the DVD is something you will really enjoy," says Jim Amidon, director of public affairs and marketing at Wabash College. "With the picture quality of DVD, it's almost like being in the stadium, and with your remote control, you can immediately jump to key points in the game. The 'Monon Memories' underscore the rich traditions of this old and cherished rivalry. For the players, their parents, alums and football lovers, it's a great package."

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1963 Monon Memory" 1221KB] The DVDs are co-produced by Owen and Amidon and replicated by Sony Disc Manufacturing. The first DVD was created to commemorate the thrilling 2001 game and was available through the Internet, campus bookstores and an Indianapolis Borders Books and Music store, and was also reviewed in the Indianapolis Star.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1955 Monon Memory" 1772KB] "The response to the DVDs has been tremendous," adds Bill Wagner, sports information director at DePauw. "The Monon Bell is a very unique rivalry, and its unusual, but terrific, that the two schools work together to produce this great document of the game. Given that this will be DePauw Coach Nick Mourouzis' final game, the 2003 Monon promises to be extra-special." Brent Harris, Wabash's SID, adds, "This is, to my knowledge, the only college football rivalry that produces a DVD, and has done so for three years."

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "2000 Monon Memory" 1639KB] For the first time in nine years, the 2003 Battle for the Bell will be televised nationally, and for the first time in the rivalry's history,  the telecast will be in state-of-the-art high definition. HDNet is partnering with DePauw and Wabash on a special presentation of the game, which will be seen live on Saturday, November 15. Kickoff is at 1:05 at DePauw's Blackstock Stadium. Read more about the telecast by clicking here.

As in the past, DePauw alumni will gather to watch the telecast and cheer on the Tigers at parties in dozens of cities across the nation. For a list of sites and hosts (party hosts are still needed in some cities), click here.

[DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "1942 Monon Memory" 1967KB] Football lovers can also grab remaining copies of the 2002 and 2001 Monon Bell DVDs at a special price of $10 (click here to order). The discs contain every play of the game, some of the sideline features and a few bonus surprises. The 2002 platter includes 14 "Monon Memories" (from 1940, 1953, 1955, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2001), while the 2001 disc includes the original Ballad of the Monon Bell music video.

Watch this space in the coming days for more information on tickets, which will become available in a few weeks and are certain to sell out quickly.