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KEY CONTACTS

Sports Information

Kent Brown, Sports Information Director:
office - 217-333-1391
cell-217-493-9795
email - kwbrown3@illinois.edu

Derek Neal, Assistant SID:
office - 217-333-1391
cell-309-241-0804
email - drneal@illinois.edu


Event Management/Game Operations (Ref mic, scoreboard, RF frequencies)

James Morton, Asst. Athletics Director:
office - 217-244-9755
cell - 217-649-2799
email - jtmorton@illinois.edu


Memorial Stadium Facility Director

Lenny Willis, Director of Facilities:
office - 217-333-2303
cell - 217-493-9975
email - willis2@illinois.edu


Video Coordinator

Andy Young, Dir. Of Video Services:
office - 217-265-6292
cell - 217-766-1066
email - ayoung4@illinois.edu


Security

Roy Acree, University of Illinois Police Department:
office - 217-333-1216
email - racree@illinois.edu


Phone Lines & High Speed Internet

AT&T: 800-321-8152


Stadium Electrician

Gary Ravel, Aladdin Electric: cell-217-202-0638


Catering Tent, Tables, Chairs and Portable Heater

Champaign County Tent & Awning: 800-252-1355


Catering

Aaron Kielbasa, University Dining Services: 217-333-0126


Utility Carts

Battery Specialists, 217-352-0591


Portable Toilets

Illinois Portable Toilets: 217-344-5004



CREDENTIALS AND PARKING

Please address credential and parking requests to Kent Brown - (kwbrown3@illinois.edu)


Football Crew Parking

  • Friday - Northwest Lot of the State Farm Center (entry off First Street)
  • Gameday - Lot E-14, corner of Kirby Ave and First Street (entry off First Street)

    [Crew parking is by crew list on game day in Lot E-14 at the southwest corner of Kirby & First Street. Entrance is off First Street. On Friday, crew can park in the Northwest Parking Lot of the State Farm Center, with entrance off First Street.]


    Memorial Stadium TV Operations

    TV COMPOUND: Memorial Stadium TV Compound is located in Stadium Facilities Office parking lot below the Southwest Tower of the stadium (entry off Kirby Ave.) There is room for two remote trucks, an office trailer and satellite uplink.
    A large panel exists in the compound area, with connecting panels in the Announce Booth (Booth 8025), on both sidelines (50-yard line), southwest end zone (on wall), north end zone (on wall), north end zone (high shot). Each box has six fiber lines.

    PRESS BOX: Located on Level 8

  • Official Stats -8029
  • PA/Scoreboard - 8028
  • Replay Booth - 8020
  • Official Stats Location - in stats booth, 8029
  • Coaches Booths - Illinois - 8027; Visiting coaches - 8022
  • SID Locations - Press Row - Illinois - Row 3, seats 9-11; Visiting SID - Row 2, seats 17-19

    CAMERA LOCATIONS: High Sideline Camera locations are on Level 5 (panels are located at camera platforms). High End Zone is located at North End (panel is located there). Field platforms are provided. Contact Lenny Willis to determine exact location.

    CABLING: Memorial Stadium is pre-cabled, including fiber in the announce booth. Ample cable at all camera positions. All equipment transported to Level 5 photo deck MUST use South Freight Elevator or SW Tower Ramps (left or center ramps). All equipment transported to Level 8 (Announce Booth) MUST USE South Freight Elevator.

    REFEREE MIC: Referee mic feed is sent to both the announce booth and truck compound.

    LOCKER ROOMS AND SIDELINES: Visiting Team enters lower left (northwest corner of the field). Illinois enters upper left (northeast corner of field). Visitor sideline is far (east) sideline. Illinois is on near (west) sideline.

    MARCHING BANDS: Illinois band is located in lower section of north end zone seating area, in front of main student area. Visiting band (if present) sits in main stands near the southeast corner of the stadium (lower section of the stands) in Sect. 109 (also visiting fan seating area).

    POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCES: No existing audio or video cables to post-game press conference areas. Visiting team post game is in a small room located adjacent to the visiting locker room. Illinois post-game is in the Squad Room in the Northeast Tower.

    PHONE LINES: Arrange phone lines through AT&T (800-321-8152). Memorial Stadium address is 1402 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820. State Farm Center address is 1600 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

    VIDEOBOARD: Videoboard is Daktronics. The main contact for the videoboard is Andy Young (ayoung4@illinois.edu // 217-265-6292).

    MISCELLANEOUS: For additional garbage cans, barricades, etc., contact Lenny Willis (217-333-2303; willis3@illinois.edu)





    DIRECTIONS TO CHAMPAIGN

    From Chicago O'Hare International Airport: From Chicago O¹Hare International Airport: I-90/94 East to I-57 South to I-74 East OR I-294 Tri-State Tollway East to I-80 West to I-57 South to I-74 East. Exit I-74 on Neil Street heading South. Take a left onto St. Mary's Rd. Turn left onto First Street and turn at the second left into Lot 32. Approximate travel time: 3:00.

    From Chicago Midway Airport: Cicero Avenue South to I-294 Tri-State Tollway East to I-80 West to I-57 South to I-74 East. Exit I-74 on Neil Street heading South. Take a left onto St. Mary's Rd. Turn left onto First Street and turn at the second left into Lot 32. Approximate travel time: 2:45.

    From Indianapolis International Airport: I-465 North to I-74 West. Exit onto Lincoln Ave heading South. Take a right onto Florida Ave. Turn left on Fourth Street. Take a right onto St. Mary's Rd. Turn right on First Street and take second left into Lot 32. Approximate travel time: 2:00.

    From Lambert-St. Louis Airport: I-70 East toward St. Louis. (will hit I-170 North and I-270 East before becoming I-70 East again). Merge onto I-57 North. Take exit 229 Monticello/Savoy. Head east to Hwy 45 and take left. Take right onto St. Mary's Rd. Take left onto First Street and turn at the second left into Lot 32. Approximate travel time: 3:30.

    From UI Willard Airport: Take Route 45 North from the Airport exit (turns into Neil Street once in Champaign). Take right onto St. Mary's Rd. Take left onto First Street and turn at the second left into Lot 32. 10-15 minute drive.



    EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Nearest Hospital is Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 West Park, Urbana, Ill. 61801; General phone: 217-383-3311; Emergency Room: 217-383-3366



    LOCAL HOTELS

    I Hotel
    1802 South First Street
    Champaign, IL 61820
    217-819-5000

    Hilton Garden Inn
    1501 South Neil Street
    Champaign, IL 61820
    217-352-9970

    Homewood Suites Champaign
    1417 South Neil Street
    Champaign, IL 61820
    217-352-9960

    Hawthorn Suites
    101 Trade Centre Drive
    Champaign, IL 61820
    217-398-3400

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