PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The greatest competitive eater of all time, the legendary Takeru Kobayashi, will join SportsRadio 94WIP’sWing Bowl 20 to compete against dozens of eaters for $20,000 in cash and additional prizes. WIP’s 20TH Anniversary edition of Wing Bowl will be held at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, February 3 at 6 a.m. Tickets for WIP’s Wing Bowl 20 are $10 and are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX, online at ComcastTIX.com, by calling 1-800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center.
Complete Wing Bowl 20 Coverage At CBSPhilly.com/WingBowl
Kobayashi was the winner of the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for an unprecedented six years in a row from 2001-2006. Kobayashi’s style of competing and his sculpted physique introduced to North America that competitive eating could truly be considered a sport. Kobayashi is now regarded as one of the leaders in this 21st century sport.
The winners of SportsRadio 94WIP’s Wing Bowl 20 will take home $20,000 in cash from Steven Singer Jewelers at the other corner of 8th and Walnut, and a 2012 Chevy Camaro from Frederick’s on the Boulevard, in addition to other incredible prizes.
WIP’s Wing Bowl 20 will be broadcast live on 94WIP, featuring Angelo Cataldi and Wing Bowl co-founder Al Morganti, and streamed live over the Internet at cbsphilly.com, as well as via the Radio.com application for a variety of mobile devices. Proceeds from WIP’s Wing Bowl 20 will benefit the Police Athletic League, the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation and beneficiaries to be named soon.
Over the past 19 years, WIP’s Wing Bowl has become one of the most celebrated radio events in the world. Wing Bowl has become an unofficial Philadelphia holiday and is WIP’s “Mardi Gras meets eating” competition. Contestants are selected based on their ability to complete challenging eating stunts and then compete to eat the most chicken wings at WIP’s Wing Bowl. PJ Whelihans is the official supplier of wings for WIP Wing Bowl 20, their fifth consecutive year as sponsor and supplier.
Recent three-time defending champion Jonathan “Super Squibb” will compete for the coveted title of Wing Bowl Champion. All other eaters will be qualified through approved on-air stunts during the 94WIP Morning Show, heard weekdays from 5:30-10:00 AM or on site “Wing-Offs.”
Cataldi, who co-founded Wing Bowl 19 years ago with radio partner Morganti said, “Our dream for many of the 19 previous years of Wing Bowl was to have the greatest competitive eater ever, Takeru Kobayashi, facing our many local contestants in a war for $100,000 in cash and prizes, but we never actually thought it would happen. Well, it will — on Feb. 3 at the Wells Fargo Center. The legendary Kobayashi will face off against our three-time undefeated champion, Jonathan Squibb, and 28 other zany competitors in a wild setting with 100 beautiful women, dozens of parade floats and the usual shocking twists. There’s only one thing I can say for sure. This will be the most spectacular Wing Bowl ever.”
WIP Wing Bowl 20 features selected eaters, nearly 20,000 listeners in attendance cheering them on, and members of the world-wide media to chronicle the event. Nearly 30 competitors will attempt to eat the most wings for prizes and glory.
An impressive and valuable list of prizes awaits Wing Bowl contestants and participants:
• $20,000 cash prize, a Wing Bowl Champion ring and a gold medal from Steven Singer Jewelers, at the other corner of 8th and Walnut.
• A 2012 Chevy Camaro from Frederick’s Chevy on the Boulevard.
• A new Harley Davidson 883 Sportster Motorcycle from Barb’s Harley Davidson, West Collingswood, NJ.
• Earrings and necklaces from Steven Singer Jewelers
• A day of beauty from Joseph Anthony Retreat Salon and Spa.
• All inclusive Apple Vacations to the brand new Iberostar Cancun.