NOTE: State Farm Center is being renovated as part of the Illinois Renaissance to include premium seating and state-of-the-art player facilities. To learn more about the Illinois Renaissance project and to help contribute, click here.
When it's time to take the court, Illinois has an outstanding home in the State Farm Center, which has served as home to the Fighting Illini men's basketball program since its construction in 1963 as well as the home to the Fighting Illini women's basketball program from 1981-93 and 1998-99 to the present. In 1999 it became even better after a multi-million dollar construction project that brought the teams new locker rooms, a training room and dining area, as well as a new tunnel area to accommodate network television trucks and team buses. The most recent addition was a $1.7 million state-of-the-art video board installed prior to the 2005 season.
Fighting Illini Men's Basketball
|Top M Basketball Crowds at State Farm Center|
|16,865||Illinois 70, Wisconsin 59||2/12/2005|
|16,863||Minnesota 67, Illinois 66||3/9/1996|
|16,768||Indiana 54, Illinois 53||1/21/1982|
|16,764||Illinois 52, Indiana 41||1/27/1985|
|16,752||Illinois 59, Iowa 53 (OT)||3/7/1985|
|16,712||North Carolina 85, Illinois 74||12/19/1987|
|16,694||Illinois 89, Minnesota 66||1/29/2005|
|16,682||Illinois 99, Wisconsin 74||2/7/1987|
|16,671||Indiana 75, Illinois 74||2/6/1988|
|16,666||Iowa 91, Illinois 88 (OT)||1/14/1987|
Fans help turn the State Farm Center into a sea of orange for every Illini home game, with practically every person in attendance proudly wearing orange. That, combined with the Orange Krush student cheering section surrounding the court, gives the Illini one of the best home court advantages in the country.
Fighting Illini Women's Basketball
|Top W Basketball Crowds at State Farm Center|
|16,050||Purdue 80, Illinois 75||2/23/1997|
|13,212||Illinois 70, Ohio State 61||2/20/2000|
|10,658||Illinois 79, Ohio State 73||2/7/1999|
|10,386||Illinois 88, Colorado 48||1/4/1998|
|10,092||Purdue 71, Illinois 60||1/18/1999|
|9,843||Illinois 91, Indiana 61||1/9/2000|
|9,109||Illinois 94, Penn State 85||1/22/1999|
|8,967||Michigan 92, Illinois 78||1/27/2002|
|8,275||Old Dominion 79, Illinois 65||11/23/1997|
|7,731||Illinois 97, Florida 77||12/19/1998|
In addition to hosting the Fighting Illini, the State Farm Center also holds performances for Broadway musicals, concerts and other shows. Some of the recent shows and performers to take the stage have been Aerosmith, Dave Chappelle, T.I., Elton John, Ludacris, Kanye West, Nelly, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Prince and U2.
Parking & Event Information
Fees for men's basketball games are $7 and women's basketball parking is free. Parking on men' basketball game days is limited. Please see the parking map in the Basketball Event Guide for details. Lots for both men' and women' basketball games are open 2 hours prior to tip off.