The Illinois Fighting Illini have been playing basketball since 1905 and have built quite a resume. Even though they are still searching for their first National Championship, they have made five Final Four appearances advancing to the title game once in 2005, losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels. All five starters from the runner up team spent time in the NBA, highlighted by point guard Deron Williams. Williams ranks near the top of many statistical categories including first in points and second in assists in Fighting Illini history. Overall, Illinois has made the NCAA Tournament over 30 times and have won two conference tournament championships. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Illinois Fighting Illini basketball tickets.
2017 Fighting Illini Season Preview
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Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball at State Farm Center Address: 1800 S. First Street Champaign, Illinois, 61820
The Fighting Illini play their home games at the State Farm Center, located in Champaign, Illinois on the campus of the University of Illinois. With a capacity of over 16,000 loyal fans, the State Farm Center is the place to be for all Illinois Fighting Illini basketball games. The student section also known as the “Orange Krush” has given the Fighting Illini a distinct home court advantage over the years. The Illinois Fighting Illini home bench is on the State Farm Center sideline in front of sections 1-14. State Farm Center parking information is covered in our Fighting Illini event guide.
Illinois vs. Missouri
This annual basketball game is known as “Braggin’ Rights” and has been played since 1980. Illinois leads the all-time series 21-12. The game is played in St. Louis which is roughly the middle location between the two colleges. These games are always highly competitive and the intensity level is tough to match which has made this game one of the better rivalries in college basketball.
Illinois in the Final Four, NCAA Tournament, and Big Ten Tournament
Illinois have made five Final Four appearances during their history and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament over 30 times. Over the years, the Fighting Illini have won two conference tournament championships and over 15 regular season titles.
Illinois Fighting Illini Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Fighting Illini game?
All doors to the State Farm Center open 90 minutes prior to tip-off.
Where is the best place to park at the State Farm Center?
Parking lots open to patrons 2 hours prior to the start of the game. Single game parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on game day in lots surrounding the Assembly Hall.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket. Infants and toddlers, ages two and under, are allowed to enter the arena at a discounted ticket price. For $5, fans can purchase an infant ticket, but the infant must sit on the lap of an adult during the game.