Ticket Kickoff Luncheon Draws Record Crowd

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, ESPN's Brock Huard Headline Successful Event

LAS VEGAS - More than 130 members of the Las Vegas community gathered for a great lunch and even better football talk Sept. 15 as part of the annual MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Ticket Kickoff Luncheon at Texas de Brazil at Town Square.

With KSNV-TV's Kevin West acting as the day's emcee, attendees were treated to an impressive lineup of speakers that included new UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck, BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock and ESPN analyst Brock Huard, who is a former University of Washington and NFL quarterback.

The overall theme of the day was the importance of bowl games such as our very own Las Vegas Bowl, as opposed to moving to a college football playoff system.

"We could not be happier about today's turnout from the business community and members of the media," said MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "We had some fantastic food and football and we'd like to thank our great speakers for helping make it such a success as the college season gets into full swing. The bowl season will be here before you know it."

Ticket sales were brisk among lunch-goers for the game. Tickets for the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas are on sale now and this year include complimentary transportation from the two host hotels to and from Sam Boyd Stadium. The 19th edition of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, and begin at 5 p.m. PT. This year's game will match the top choice from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth pick from the Pacific-10 Conference.

Prices are $25, $35, $55 and $100 and can be reserved by phone at 1-866-388-FANS, online at www.unlvtickets.com or in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office. For information on sponsorship opportunities and corporate ticket packages, call (702) 732-3912 or log on to www.maacobowllv.com.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will be televised nationally on ESPN HD. Last year's game attracted 40,018 fans, which marked the fifth consecutive sellout crowd as No. 15 BYU defeated No. 16 Oregon State 44-20 in the first-ever meeting of two ranked teams at the annual event.