Midnight Madden-mania hitting Best Buy

50 locations holding late-night events to help launch latest installment in EA's annual football franchise.

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After being screwed relatively tight for several months, the game-release spigot is opening up tomorrow with Madden NFL 08's official release. GameSpot's Madden Launch Center will feature live coverage from the game's official launch in New York City and a San Francisco-based four-hour gameplay marathon starting at 6pm PDT.

To accommodate those looking to pick up a copy of Madden NFL 08 as soon as they can, Best Buy is holding midnight launch events across the country. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, some 50 locations are participating in the event, which will see the EA Tiburon-developed pigskin sim go on sale at 12:01pm. Rated E for Everyone, Madden NFL will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ($59.99), the PlayStation 2 and Wii ($49.99), the PC, Macintosh, PlayStation Portable, GameCube, and Xbox ($39.99), and the Nintendo DS ($29.99). A complete list of Best Buy locations holding midnight Madden events is below.

Atlanta 1875 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth, GA 30096

Atlanta 1450 E Park Place Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Birmingham 3780 Riverchase Vlg #200 Hoover, AL 35244

Boston 550 Arsenal St Ste 2 Watertown, MA 02472

Charlotte 10600 Centrum Pkwy Pineville, NC 28134

Charlotte 8813 JW Clay Blvd Charlotte NC 28262

Chicago 900 E Golf Rd Downers Grove IL 60515

Chicago 900 E Golf Rd Schaumburg, IL 60173

Chicago 7600 S Cicero Ave Burbank Town Center Burbank, IL 60459

Cincinnati 100 Meijer Dr Florence, KY 41042

Cleveland 7830 Plaza Blvd Mentor, OH 44060

Dallas 2800 N Central Expy Plano, TX 75074

Denver 5395 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood, CO 80123

Denver 13801 E Mississippi Ave Aurora, CO 80012

Des Moines 4100 University Ave Ste 240 West Des Moines, IA 50265

Detroit 32320 John R Rd Madison Heights, MI 48071

Erie 597 Erie Erie Pa 6650 Peach St Erie, PA 16509

Green Bay/Appleton 825 Pilgrim Way Ste A Green Bay, WI 54304

Houston 5133 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77056

Indianapolis 5820 E 82nd St Indianapolis, IN 46250

Kansas City 9301 Quivira Rd Overland Park, KS 66214

Los Angeles 1015 N La Brea Ave W Hollywood, CA 90046

Los Angeles 3900 Tyler St Riverside, CA 92503

Los Angeles 114 Fullerton Fullerton Ca 120 E Imperial Hwy Fullerton, CA 92835

Madison 7357 W Towne Way Madison, WI 53719

Miami 4001 W 20th Ave Hialeah, FL 33012

Miami 12495 Sw 88th St Miami, FL 33186

Milwaukee 4610 S 76th St Greenfield, WI 53220

Minneapolis 1000 West 78th St Richfield, MN 55423

Minneapolis 13513 Ridgedale Dr Minnetonka, MN 55305

Nashville 5255 Hickory Hollow Pkwy Antioch, TN 37013

New Orleans 6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd Metairie, LA 70003

New York 622 Broadway New York, NY 10012

New York 529 5th Ave New York, NY 10017

New York 925 Patterson Plank Rd Secaucus, NJ 07094

New Jersey 261 Pond Path South Setauket NY 11720

Omaha 7520 Dodge St Omaha, NE 68114

Omaha 333 N 170th St Omaha, NE 68118

Orlando 845 N Alafaya Trl Orlando, FL 32828

Philadelphia 1504 Macarthur Rd Whitehall, PA 18052

Philadelphia 1851 Deptford Center Rd Deptford, NJ 08096

Phoenix 1949 E Camelback Rd Ste 101 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Pittsburgh 5000 Alicia Dr Bethel Park, PA 15102

San Diego 149 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon CA 92020

San Francisco 1717 Harrison St San Francisco, CA 94103

Seattle 457 120th Ave Ne Bellevue, WA 98005

St. Louis 5651 South Service Road Saint Peters, MO 63376

St. Louis 7017 S Lindbergh Blvd Saint Louis, MO 63125

Tampa 1725 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33607

Washington D.C./Baltimore 15800 Collington Rd Bowie, MD 20715

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