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Northwestern announces over 3,400 students have registered to attend Big Ten Championship

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About 45 percent of the student body.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Northwestern Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Over 3,400 Northwestern students — approximately 45 percent of the undergraduate student body — have registered for free tickets to the Big Ten Championship, Northwestern announced Wednesday.

The school offered free tickets and transportation for undergrads, which was paid for by an anonymous donor.

The game, which will occur December 1 against either Ohio State or Michigan, falls just ahead of Northwestern’s reading week, when many students do not have class.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Coach Fitzgerald and our football program, but also for our entire University community,” Athletics Director Jim Phillips said in the release. “We are eternally grateful to the donor who stepped forward to generously support this trip for our students. Athletics provides a gathering place for Wildcats from all over the world, whether on campus, at a bowl game, or next month at Lucas Oil Stadium.”