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.
2016 Illinois Season 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.
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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.
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
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.