Things to know before heading to Fighting Illini's home opener
The Fighting Illini’s home opener kicks off Saturday as the team faces off against Ball State and as Illinois prepares for its first football game of the season University of Illinois police is also preparing.
“A lot of moving parts, a lot of deliveries just set up so everyone is kind of doing their own thing for the bigger picture and getting it ready for tomorrow,” associate athletic director, Holly Stalcup said.
Police said before tailgating or hitting the road there are some things to know and to leave behind in order to have a smooth game day experience.
“A lot of people come down from the north and try to come down First Street from say University or Springfield,” Deputy Chief Matt Myrick said. “And that seems to be the street that gets backed up the most.”
Most of the parking lots around Memorial Stadium are for pass holders, but there are some options for single game parking passes.
“Those are going to be in like the Research Park area down by St. Mary's road,” Myrick said. “They're also going to be east to the stadium off of Kirby and Florida Avenue down at Lot F-23 which is down by Lincoln and Florida.”
Rain or shine umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium, including large purses, backpacks, banners and alcohol.
“The only place alcohol is allowed inside would be the premium seating areas in the west side,” Myrick said. “So if you're in the general seating areas alcohol is not allowed inside the stadium.”
When it comes to tailgating, groups can reserve tent space in Lot 31 and Grange Grove and individual tailgating is allowed in all football parking lots.
“Try not to take up more space than you need,” Myrick said. “No bigger than a 10x10 tent and alcohol is allowed in the tailgating areas, but no kegs are allowed and obviously we just want people to drink responsibly and act responsibly when they're out tailgating.”
The football game kicks off at 11am. Tickets are still available online, to purchase click here.