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McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game Tickets Now On Sale

25th Anniversary Boys Game and Inaugural Girls Game to Be Played At New York City's Madison Square Garden

Dec 3, 2001

McDonald'sĀ® Corp. and its New York Tri-State Owner/Operators announced today that tickets are officially on sale for the 25th anniversary McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game and the inaugural Girls Game. Both games will be played at Madison Square Garden -- home of the NBA New York Knicks and the WNBA New York Liberty -- on April 4, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

Tickets are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Ticketmaster locations, or online at . Ticket prices range from $15 to $96.50, with group and student discounts also available.

"Bringing the 25th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American Game and the Inaugural Girls Game to Madison Square Garden demonstrates McDonald's commitment to New York City," said Pete Samaha, McDonald's restaurant owner and chairman of the 2002 All American Game. "The local McDonald's owners of New York City are looking forward to hosting these milestone McDonald's events."

Approximately 2,500 top high school boy and girl basketball players from across the country will be nominated to the McDonald's All American Teams in January 2002. A committee of prominent boys and girls basketball experts will select the final team members in February. Legendary UCLA coach, John Wooden, who has been involved in the Game since its inception, will serve as chairman of the McDonald's All American Game Advisory Committee.

Selected players will join a list of alumni that includes current and former NBA superstars such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Allan Houston, Grant Hill, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, as well as current NCAA standouts Jason Williams (Duke), Nick Collison (Kansas), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford) and Frank Williams (Illinois).

This year marks the first time in the 25-year history of the game that it will be played at Madison Square Garden. The anticipated sell-out crowd of 20,000 will be one of the largest, adding to the ever-growing history of the McDonald's All American Game.

"The McDonald's All American Game has become a fixture of nationally recognized high school basketball," said Joel Fisher, senior vice president, Madison Square Garden Properties. "Madison Square Garden is pleased to host the Silver Anniversary of the McDonald's pastime. There is no better place to showcase high school talent, then the Mecca of big time basketball."

Throughout its 24-year history, the game has fulfilled its primary purpose as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House CharitiesĀ®, as well as being a showcase for young basketball players. Proceeds from the 2002 McDonald's All American Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities' chapters of New York and New Jersey. Previous beneficiaries of McDonald's All American Games include Sickle Cell Anemia Research, the United Negro College Fund and many other local children's charities. More than $3 million has been raised since the game was first played.

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McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is the world's leading foodservice retailer, with more than 28,000 restaurants serving more than 45 million people each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's worldwide restaurants are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.

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SOURCE: McDonald's Corporation

Contact: Palmer Moody of McDonald's, +1-630-623-5372, , or Molly Hawkins of Golin-Harris, +1-312-729-4135, , or Reggie Dance of MWW, +1-201-964-2444,