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University Of Illinois Athletics To Open All Venues To 100% Capacity In 2021-22

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The last time fans got to attend a game at State Farm Center was the 2020 season finale against Iowa on March 8, 2020.

URBANA – On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that all venues will open up to 100% capacity for the 2021-22 season.

The decision came in conjunction with the state moving into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

When Illinois women’s golf tees off its season on Aug. 23, the first official home match of all Illinois Athletics in the 2021-22 season, it will have been 533 days since any team played in front of a crowd in Champaign-Urbana.

Fighting Illini football will open at full capacity for college football’s first kickoff of the 2021 season on Aug. 28 vs. Nebraska at 12 p.m. CT.

“We are excited to be the first college football kickoff at 100% capacity in nearly 20 months,” said Illinois football head coach Bret Bielema 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.”

 

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Tristen Kissack

Tristen Kissack

Tristen Kissack is a digital production intern for Illinois Newsroom. He’s a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in journalism. He serves as producer/director for the university’s student-run television broadcast Illini Sports Night and site manager for The Champaign Room, an Illinois Athletics blog.

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