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    Northwestern Sets BIG GAME Record at Softball Matchup With Notre Dame

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern set a BIG GAME attendance record at Tuesday's softball win over Notre Dame.
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    Northwestern set a BIG GAME attendance record at Tuesday's softball win over Notre Dame.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 21, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern set a student-athlete attendance record at softball's BIG GAME Tuesday against Notre Dame in a contest nationally televised on College Sports Television (CSTV).

    The BIG GAME concept was created by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in the fall of 2004 to encourage student-athletes to attend each others contests. It started as an athletic department initiative only, but has since expanded to the entire student body starting in 2005.

    Eighty two student-athletes from 13 sports packed the stands at the softball BIG GAME, breaking the record of 65 at the wrestling BIG MATCH in February of 2006. (Note: Football has not had a designated BIG GAME).

    Chipotle has supported the BIG GAME since its inception, and became the official sponsor in February of 2006. At each BIG GAME, the first 50 Northwestern students receive a coupon for a FREE burrito. There also is a contest where one student can win a year's supply of Chipotle.

    Softball's 3-2 win over the Irish also was historic as the first-ever nationally televised game at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, and now fans can watch the entire broadcast as a part of Northwestern's All-Access package on NUsports.com. Fans can access the broadcast by navigating to the audio/video page on NUsports.com and clicking on the "archived games" tab at the top of the page.

    Northwestern's next BIG GAME is women's lacrosse's game Sunday vs. Johns Hopkins -- a contest also being televised on CSTV. The game begins at 1 p.m.

    Students who line the path between Patten Gym and the Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex to cheer on the team as they walk to the field at 11:30 a.m. will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a year's supply of Chipotle burrito coupons.

    The first 50 Northwestern students at the game will recieve one Chipotle burrito coupon. Students also can sign up to win Cubs tickets and both winners will be announced at halftime. (MUST be present to win.)

    For more information on upcoming BIG GAMES, check NUsports.com/students!