Illinois athletics on Friday announced that it will have 100-percent capacity for the 2021-22 sports season, meaning the Illinois football will open the 2021 season at full capacity at Memorial Stadium for its Week Zero game against Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 28. Men’s basketball also announced it will host 100-percent capacity crowds next season.
The announcement comes on the same day that the state of Illinois moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dramatically decreased in the state during the last few months. Single-game tickets for Illinois football games go on sale at 12 p.m. CT Friday. Visit fightingillini.com for more information.
The Big Ten, which originally postponed the season, did not allow general admission to games last season due to the pandemic, while Illinois allowed players’ families to attend. No fans were allowed at regular-season basketball games, though limited attendance was allowed at the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.
“We are excited to be the first college football kickoff at 100% capacity in nearly 20 months,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “The combination of being the first college football game of the season and being at full capacity will allow our fans to show the country that Memorial Stadium is an electric environment. I know our players can’t wait to see Grange Grove lined with the Illini famILLy during our team’s walk into the stadium and hear more than 60,000 fans going crazy in Memorial Stadium against Nebraska.”
Added Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman in a tweet: “Aug 28 we’re planning the largest # reunion you’ve ever attended! The sights & sounds of tailgating & @? at Memorial Stadium are back! 1st major FB game in America. Kickoff at high noon to start the @ era. #100%Capacity #“
Illinois opens Big Ten play with two conference home games for the first time since 1991 when the Illini start the season in week zero against Nebraska before Maryland makes its first ever visit to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 17.
SEASON TICKETS: A number of season ticket options are currently on sale in the Illinois ticket office. Tickets for all seven home games for reserved seats are $349 in the Prime area, $269 on the Sideline, $180 in the Orange Zone and $144 in the Horseshoe and Blue Zone. The final option is the I FUND 4 Pack for $399 and includes four tickets, an I FUND membership, and a season parking pass. Tickets can be purchased on FightingIllini.com.
FIGHTING ILLINI VOLLEYBALL: Illinois volleyball season tickets holders will now be able to renew for the 2021 season, and new season tickets are now available in the general admission sections of Huff Hall. Season ticket holders will receive renewal communication in the next few days. Renewal deadline is set for July 9. Following the conclusion of the renewal period, fans will have the ability to upgrade seats if available.