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Illinois Fighting Illini

  • City: Champaign
  • Conference: Big Ten
  • Home: Memorial Stadium, 1402 South 1st St., Champaign
  • Tickets: $25-$60; for information visit
  • fightingillini.com, or call (866)-ILLINI-I.

With new head coach Tim Beckman looking to help the Illini build on back-to-back bowl victories, there is plenty of optimism downstate. Senior Michael Buchanan, a resident of Homewood, is considered to be one of the top defensive linemen in the nation.

Located just west of the stadium, the free Illini Street Fest is one of the school's most popular game day traditions. The event includes family-oriented interactive inflatable games and sports activities, plus live entertainment and more.  Sept. 15 is Salute to Ag Day, where fans of all ages can enjoy interactive activities and displays relating to Illinois agriculture. There will be postgame fireworks Sept. 22. On Nov. 10, the Illini will honor the nation's military with the first 10,000 fans receiving an American flag.

Tickets for the three non-conference games start at $25.


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