Memorial Stadium is the home for the Illinois Fighting Illini and the venue has been dedicated as a memorial of the men of University of Illinois that lost their lives in World War I and World War II.
The stadium was opened in 1923 and was expanded and renovated several times through the years. Current seating capacity stands at just over 60000 so there should be plenty of Illinois Fighting Illini tickets available for fans to grab.
State Farm Center is the arena where basketball fans meet up to watch their college team play. The venue opened in 1963 and it can accommodate over 15000 spectators on a game night.
Illinois Fighting Illini football program was created just in time for the season of 1890 with basketball setting up some time later in 1906. The Fighting Illinis are members of Big Ten Conference, NCAA Division I FBS, West.
The college’s colours are orange and blue and they are currently looking for a mascot as the university retired Chief Illiniwek as it was decided the portrayal of American Indian imagery was offensive.
The Illinis main rivals are Missouri Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Northwestern Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers.
Illinois football program has won five national championships, along 15 conference titles. Their all time record is 592-559-51 and the Illinis took part in 18 Bowl games with a combined record of 8-10. Their most attended one is Rose Bowl that the university started its wins with in Bowl games in 1947; they played five games in Rose Bowl winning three of them.
The university had produced plenty of players that reached some level of excellence including 39 Illinis that played in Super Bowl and 6 who were inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One of most decorated Hall of Famers hailing from Illinois is middle linebacker, Ray Nitschke who spent all his pro career with Green Bay Packers winning five NFL titles, two Super Bowls. He was named 1962 NFL championship game MVP, he was chosen to Pro Bowl once and named to First Team All- Pro three times.
Currently there is quite a lot of Illinis among the NFL ranks, some of them who tasted the Super Bowl game and some who should at some point get to that stage too.
Basketball hasn’t been staying much behind the football programs as the Illinis had won pre tournament championship in 1915 and since the NCAA tournament began they were the runner ups in 2005. In total the college has been to 30 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Final Four 5 times in their history.
The Illinis had been conference tournament champions twice and they also claimed 17 conference regular season titles; to date the university is 11th all- time in winning percentage and 14th all- time in wins among all NCAA Division I basketball teams.There’s been nearly 70 players that ended up being drafted by NBA team, four championships were won by Illinis and four of them were inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame, including Andy Philip who played for few teams in his time, winning NBA championship with Boston Celtics.
Philip was named to NBA All- Star games five times, he led NBA in assist twice, became the first player in NBA history to record 500 assists in a season and was chosen to All-NBA Second Team twice.
University of Illinois has a fairly long tradition in preparing young athletes to embrace their professional approach to sports once they leave the doors of the college.