Facilities
State Farm Center
Capacity: 17,085   Constructed: 1963

Address: 1800 S. First Street Champaign, IL 61820
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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.

M Basketball Attendance Records
Attend.Opponent/ResultDate
16,865Illinois 70, Wisconsin 592/12/2005
16,863Minnesota 67, Illinois 663/9/1996
16,768Indiana 54, Illinois 531/21/1982
16,764Illinois 52, Indiana 411/27/1985
16,752Illinois 59, Iowa 53 (OT)3/7/1985
16,712North Carolina 85, Illinois 7412/19/1987
16,694Illinois 89, Minnesota 661/29/2005
16,682Illinois 99, Wisconsin 742/7/1987
16,671Indiana 75, Illinois 742/6/1988
16,666Iowa 91, Illinois 88 (OT)1/14/1987
W Basketball Attendance Records
Attend.Opponent/ResultDate
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

The Fighting Illini men's team opened play at the State Farm Center, then Assembly Hall, on March 4, 1963, with a 79-73 victory over Northwestern. Since that first game, the Illini have racked up a 554-149 (.788) mark. Illinois has sold out 246 games at the State Farm Center, which seats 16,618. Illinois ranked 14th in the nation in home attendance last season. The Illini have been ranked in the Top 25 nationally for home-games attendance for 35 straight years, and have been in the nation's Top 15 for each of the last 14 seasons.

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.

The Fighting Illini women's team opened play at the State Farm Center on Nov. 20, 1981 with a 79-66 victory over Loyola. The Illini finished their first stint at The Hall on March 13, 1993. After playing five seasons in the gymnasium at Huff Hall, with three single games at the State Farm Center, the Fighting Illini moved back down Fourth Street permanently on November 23, 1998. The women's team has brought in a multitude of fans for games with its largest crowd being the 16,050 fans that entered the gates on Feb. 23, 1997.

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

Parking
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.

Parking Maps: Men's Basketball | Women's Basketball