The Eastern Illinois University Panthers football team is one of the most storied programs in the State of Illinois. The Panthers first started playing football over a century ago in 1895. Eastern Illinois has won over 485 games and have competed in the NAIA, NCAA Div. II and now the NCAA FCS division. One of the crowning achievements of the Panthers came in 1978 when they took home the Division II National Championship, defeating Delaware 10-9. The list of famous athletes to play for the Panthers is long and includes iconic names like Tony Romo, Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan, Jeff Gossett, John Jurkovic, and Jimmy Garoppolo. EIU has been a member of the Ohio Valley Conference since 1996 and has already been champions or co-champions of the conference 7 times. With 3 of the OVC Championships coming since 2009, and a trip to the FCS playoffs almost every year since 2000, this has been one of the best eras to be a Panthers fan. Gamedays at O’Brien Stadium have continued to be some of the loudest and most energetic in the conference. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Eastern Illinois Panthers football tickets.
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Eastern Illinois Panthers Football at O'Brien Stadium Address: 100 Grant Avenue Charleston, Illinois, 61920
The Eastern Illinois University Panthers football team plays their home games at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston, Illinois. O’Brien Stadium has been home to the Panthers since 1970 and can seat over 10,000 fans. The Stadium is named after Maynard O’Brien who was a football, track, and cross country coach at EIU and a member of the EIU Hall of Fame. The football locker rooms, weight rooms, and training facilities were renovated in 1999, and artificial turf was added in 2004 placing O’Brien Stadium among the most modern Stadiums in the OVC. Surrounding the field is a signature blue track which hosts the Illinois High School state track and field meet. As a result many of Illinois’s most famous athletes have competed in the Stadium, whether it be wearing Panther blue and black, or competing for a high school state championship. O'Brien Stadium parking information is covered in our Panthers event guide.
Eastern Illinois vs. Illinois State
Known as the Mid-America Classic, this matchup is the oldest in Illinois. The schools first played in 1901 and have met over 100 times since. The Redbirds hold a slight advantage in wins in a series that has seen both sides grab and lose momentum. The rivalry recently unveiled the Mid-American Classic Trophy, which depicts the results of the series and is taken by the winner. There are few games with as much history as this one and even fewer that are so important to their home state.
Eastern Illinois vs. Northern Illinois
The Panthers and Huskies have met over 35 times dating back to 1902 and have been two of the most successful programs in the State. The programs were conference rivals in the IIAC from the 1930’s until 1965. With Northern Illinois’s move to the FBS division, the game is not played as frequently as it used to be. However, it remains one of the most exciting games in Illinois, and usually pits two teams at the top of their respective conferences.
Eastern Illinois Panthers Event Guide
How can I buy cheap Eastern Illinois Panthers tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Eastern Illinois Panthers football tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Eastern Illinois tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee OVC opponents like Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State, and Jacksonville State can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer the best opportunity to purchase Eastern Illinois tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Eastern Illinois Panthers football schedule?
The Panthers 2016-2017 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the OVC. Eastern Illinois plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, which means games against Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Jacksonville State, UT Martin, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Southeast Missouri, and Austin Peay. Game times are announced by Eastern Illinois as soon as the TV schedule is set. Eastern Illinois’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also play Illinois State in the Mid-America Classic. If you are looking for Panthers news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Eastern Illinois Panthers team roster.
Can I buy Eastern Illinois Panthers football season tickets?
Eastern Illinois Panthers season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Eastern Illinois football season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at O’Brien Stadium.
What is the best Eastern Illinois rivalry game during the season?
Without a doubt the biggest game on the schedule is the Mid-America Classic. Only a handful of teams have played each other more than 100 times, and no other all-Illinois rivalry is as old. Winning or losing this game goes a long way to determine the success of the season for both teams. The game has been the scene to some of the iconic moments in Illinois college football history and the future of this rivalry promises to keep adding to the list.
What is the best gameday tradition at a Panthers home game?
Approximately 45 minutes before kickoff at O’Brien field, the Panthers Marching Band makes their way to the tailgating area for a pre-game pep-rally. Both the student and regular tailgating areas stop the grilling and mingling to come join in a display of Panther pride. The band plays a few Panther favorites, including the EIU Fight Song, and the EIU Alma Mater. If you are looking for the best way to get pumped up before an Eastern Illinois football game, this tradition is hard to beat.