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The Illini football program was founded in 1890. The program has 4 official National Championships to its credit and 15 Big Ten Championships. Some of the great players to play for Illinois include Red Grange, Dick Butkus, George Halas, and Simeon Rice. It’s a storied program that is trying to get back to the level many older Illini fans remember and wish for once again. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Illinois Fighting Illini football tickets.

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2017 Illinois Season Preview

As a college football coach, one of the first things you do entering each season is gauge strengths and weaknesses. This offseason wasn't kind to Fighting Illini staff. Last year's offense was dismal, defense lackluster, punting game in need of actual, worthwhile punts, and the return team ... returns. Lovie Smith is on board, so going 3-9 is all the more confounding. Also, losing to Purdue at home is not a good omen in Illini country, nor are 8, staggering double-digit losses. But enough negativity, Illinois can shape up with Kendrick Foster running it better, and wide receiver Mike Dudek appears like he's healthy again. Now, if the offense can convert a 3rd down after going 72% of the time without one, Illinois might actually live up to what everyone thought Lovie Smith would bring to town – a winning program. Whether you are planning on cheering on Illinois at Memorial Stadium or supporting the Fighting Illini on the road, TicketCity has some of the best deals for all 2017 Illinois Fighting Illini tickets, including home and away games.

Illinois Fighting Illini Football at Memorial Stadium

Address: 1402 S 1st St, Champaign, Illinois, 61820

The Fighting Illini play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Opened in 1923 the stadium holds a capacity crowd of 71,000 and is a great place to watch Big Ten football. The Illinois Fighting Illini home bench is on the Memorial Stadium sideline with sections 123-131. Memorial Stadium parking information is covered in our Fighting Illini event guide.

 
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Illinois Fighting Illini Rivals

Illinois vs. Ohio State

These longtime Big 10 foes have met on the field over 95 times. The “Illibuck,” a carved wooden turtle trophy awarded to the winner, is the 2nd oldest trophy in the Big 10 and personifies the longevity of this series. Despite the Buckeyes dominance, this still remains one of the biggest games in the Midwest, providing many unbelievable moments and is always primed for an upset.

Illinois vs. Illinois State

When the Fighting Illini and the Redbirds meet on the field it can mean only one thing, Prairie State bragging rights. Because the two schools compete on different levels of Division 1 football, this game is not contested annually. Despite its infrequency, this rivalry retains all of the passion and energy of an intrastate feud and is a must see for football fans in the State of Illinois.

Illinois Fighting Illini in the College Football Playoff, Bowl Games and Big Ten Championship

If fifteen Big Ten Conference Championships doesn’t make you one of the most dominant teams in the league, then I’m not sure what will. The Illinois Fighting Illini have been tormenting members of the Big Ten since the start and have managed to pick up more than a dozen bowl game victories in the process. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big Ten Conference Championship Game.

Illinois Fighting Illini Event Guide

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Where can I park at Memorial Stadium?

The best places to park for those without parking passes are in Lot 44 (Northeast of stadium at Gregory Dr. & 4th St.) and in research park south of St. Mary’s Rd. Lots open at 7am the day of the game so get there early to secure a good spot. Parking costs are $20 for cars move up to $50 for buses.

What is the best place to sit for a Illinois Home game?

For fans of the visiting team, visitor sections are 208 and 209. The horseshoe section is a great option for more moderately priced tickets that is family friendly.

What time do the gates open prior to a Illinois home football game?

The gates of Memorial Stadium open one and half hours prior to kickoff of home football games.

What is the best gameday tradition at a Fighting Illini home game?

Streetfest occurs 2 hours prior to the game and is located at the north end of lot A along Kirby Avenue between 1st and Oak. There are games, food and drink vendors and live music.

Does my child need a ticket to get into the game?

Yes, everyone entering the stadium is required to have a ticket. Children ages two and younger, are allowed to enter the stadium with a $5 infant ticket but the infant must sit in the lap of the parent during the game. You purchase these infant tickets on the west side of Memorial Stadium between Gates 16 &18 and on the East side the Stadium between Gates 15 & 17, or at Will Call.

Illinois Fighting Illini Preview History

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2015 Illinois Football Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini football team had a bounce back season last year, winning 6 games and reaching the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The 2015 Fighting Illini will be looking for much more. Quarterback Wes Lunt returns for his junior season and will look to improve on his 14 touchdowns from a season ago. Lunt has been very successful at protecting the football, throwing only 3 interceptions last season. If the Illinois quarterback can replicate those numbers over a full season at the helm of Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a great chance of moving near the top of the Big Ten West division. With their biggest division threats all traveling to Champagne in 2015, Illinois has the opportunity to surprise the Big Ten this season. Top games on the 2015 Illinois Fighting Illini football schedule are against Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.

2014 Illinois Football Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini football team took a step in the right direction in 2013, the 2nd season under head coach Tim Beckman. Coming into 2014 the Fighting Illini’s future looks incredibly bright. The reason for this optimism can be put on the shoulders of redshirt sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt. Lunt has one of the highest upsides of any player to play quarterback in Champaign in over a decade. He will orchestrate an offense behind an experienced offensive line and with the help of junior running back Josh Ferguson. Look for Illinois to also have a tough defensive line, headlined by senior Austin Teitsma. The Big 10 is wide open in 2014 and the Fighting Illini have a good shot to end the season near the top of the West Division. Three games that will be key to the Illini’s chance at a bowl berth and the Big 10 West will be October 25th vs. Minnesota, November 15th vs. Iowa, and November 29th at Northwestern.

2013 Illinois Football Preview

Head coach Tim Beckman enters his second season leading the Fighting Illini and he will aim to erase a 2012 season that ended with 9 straight losses and only 2 wins overall. Beckman will try and improve an offense that finished second to last in college football in both yards and scoring. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase returns for his senior season after a very disappointing junior year. The 4-year starter saw his touchdowns drop to 4 last year after throwing for a combined 30 in his first two seasons. The good news offensively for Illinois is the depth at receiver and the return of leading rusher Donovonn Young. Washington, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Northwestern travel to Memorial Stadium in Champaign this upcoming season.

2011 Illinois Football Preview

Illinois navigated its way to a 7-6 record last year, a season that was characterized by inconsistency. Despite talented players on both sides of the ball, the team often had trouble finishing games and lost a lot of close contests. This year, the Illini will have to make up for some key losses, but have the talent to contend in the Big Ten.

Perhaps the biggest loss is running back Mikel LeShoure, who ranked fifth in the nation and second in the conference in rushing yards per game last season. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will carry much of the load and will have to improve on his freshman campaign, but he certainly has the tools to do so. There's still the question of who will run the ball, and all signs point to either the rough-and-trouble Jason Ford or the unproven Bud Golden.

The defense will also be reeling from the loss of a few key players on last year's squad, but much like the offense, there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings. Specifically, head coach Ron Zook will look to Michael Buchanan and Akeem Spence, both of whom had stellar years last year.

2010 Illinois Football Preview

Heading into the season, Illinois coach Ron Zook finds himself in the hot seat. After the Fighting Illini had a dismal 3-9 season, Zook assembled a new coaching staff highlighted by offensive coordinator Paul Petrino.

Zook and Petrino will have their hands full when it comes to the offense, as they will be working with a pair of inexperienced quarterbacks in sophomore Jacob Charest and redshirt freshman Nathan Scheelhaase, who are vying for the starting job. Early indications point to the fleet-footed Scheelhaase as the leading candidate for starting Illinios' opener against rival Missouri, but Charest could quickly replace him if he does not produce.

The offense's success will largely hinge on the production of junior running back Mikel LeShoure. LeShoure was the team's leading rusher in 2009 and averaged a robust 6.8 yards a carry. The Fighting Illini have a pair of receivers in Jarred Fayson and A.J. Jenkins who, although formerly unproductive, have big play potential. Defensively, Illinois returns a lot of their starters from last year. However, thes secondary is still young and could surrender a lot of completions as they did last year.

The schedule will make it difficult for Illionios to improve from last year as they have to travel to Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern.

2009 Illinois Football Preview

The 2009 Illinois Fighting Illini should be one of the better football teams in the Big 10 Conference. Illini Head Coach Ron Zook has accumulated a deep pool of blue chip talent in Champaign, which he will unleash upon his conference foes this season. If Illinois can get their offense rolling, with all of the talented playmakers on their roster, then watch out for the Fighting Illini in 2009.

2008 Illinois Football Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini football program has proven itself in recent years to be a real contender for Big Ten and BCS glory. A 2007 trip to the Rose Bowl is proof that head coach Ron Zook has the team headed in the right direction. The Illini beat both Ohio State and Wisconsin, both teams in the top 5, and their archrival Northwestern in 2007, making it one of their most successful seasons in years. Memorial Stadium will be teeming with fans this season as the Illini strive for a Conference title and maybe a shot at the National Championship.

 

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