The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is anxious to provide the best seating available in Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center for the newest members of the Fighting Illini family of supporters. Please understand, however, that certain sections of the stadium and arena, especially the high priority areas, experience little turnover because a very high percentage of the priority tickets are renewed each season by qualified I FUND members. Those seats that do become available are first offered to those returning I FUND members requesting adjustments in their seating location.
Remember...this year's new member is next year's renewal member! Only after the renewal requests for a particular club have been completed will the "new" requests for that club be considered.
Important factors to consider when making plans to order season tickets for the first time include
After further discussions...the I FUND staff member will
*Please note - If you agreed to be contacted as a "potential" I FUND member (with your decision being made based upon the location of the season tickets) and when contacted, you agree to a particular location over the phone, you will be asked to give your credit card number at that time, so your account can be charged for the I FUND donation account (or you may send a check in the amount at that time).
All I FUND members are assigned one account number within the athletic department. For your convenience, have this account number available when discussing your account and/or corresponding with the I FUND offices and athletic ticket office.
To insure correctness and proper priority, ticket orders must be placed in the name as it appears on the account. This is especially true if a person is involved in more that one I FUND membership, or the name on the account is different that the name of the person placing an order (example: a company having more than one account, one would want to place a ticket order in the account with the highest priority or most points). Members are responsible for placing orders in the correct account.
In some cases, there may be duplicate records caused by different addresses for the same person. If you are receiving two or more mailings / order forms and feel you should have only one (1) account, please notify the I FUND office and / or the athletic ticket office. In addition, if you have a change in your address or phone numbers, contact the I FUND office and/or the athletic ticket office in writing immediately or update your information online.
Tickets: When a new member may place an order for priority seating
Football - New season ticket orders and payments are accepted in late spring/early summer (based upon availability). Orders for tickets placed after June 1 might not be allocated in priority areas (although orders will still be accepted after June 1, the location may not be as good, as the priority seats in that area may have already been allocated into upgraded or new I FUND accounts).
Basketball - New season ticket orders and payments are accepted at the start of the school year in August (based upon availability). Orders placed after September 15 might not be allocated in priority areas (although orders will still be accepted after September 15, the location may not be as good, as the priority seats may have already been allocated into new accounts).
Paying for tickets
Purchases are accepted in the form of cash, check (payable to the University of Illinois), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. An order is "placed" when paid in full.
The acceptance of payment by the Athletic Ticket Office does not guarantee that tickets will be available to fill your order. In the event that the ticket office must reduce/adjust/cancel your order, an appropriate refund will be made.
Reminder: In accordance with Big Ten Conference rules, all persons require a ticket for admission, regardless of age.
Season ticket reclaiming / renewing
Renewal season ticket request forms are mailed to all season ticket holders from the prior season. I FUND members have the ability to reclaim their same season tickets from the previous season by
Adjustments in seat locations
In order to be considered for an adjustment in seat location
After all members who qualify for and request same seats are placed in the same seats, the openings for upgrades are identified.
"Openings" (used for upgrades and new members) are the result of season ticket holders from the prior year that did not renew their seats, and season ticket holders from the prior year that renewed, but have become "delinquent" in their I FUND account. The upgrade requests from donors are identified and prioritized by their club membership and by the area requested (example: Olympian Club members requesting east main stands or Champion Club members requesting west balcony; etc.).
Renewal requests (by club) are addressed prior to new requests. The priority order is as follows for addressing "requests for changes" (and new purchases).
1. Hall of Fame
At the time your request is being addressed (if requested), you will be contacted by phone (prior to allocating your seats) to discuss available options (if any). You will be asked during that phone conversation to decide upon the available options.
Individuals who wish to improve their seating are required to at least maintain and in some cases increase their I FUND activity. If your request is for a section in the stadium or arena that requires a certain membership in the I FUND, your willingness to become a member at that level is required.
Additional season tickets
There is a limit in the number of priority (core) seats at a particular club level. See the Benefits Chart. Please note that purchasing season tickets is based upon availability.
There is no guarantee that additional seats will be placed together with your originals (even if within the I FUND limits).
If your needs for season tickets exceed the "core" option, you have four choices
Group season tickets
I FUND members may have their season tickets placed together. Those wishing to sit together must place their orders at the same time and submit a written request to the athletic ticket office either on or attached to the season ticket application(s). Members will be seated together (prioritized) according to the lowest club level of any member in the group. All priority seating is based on availability.
Failure to renew / reclaim your season tickets prior to the published deadline could result in the loss of your priority seating location. Ordering on time is very important. Order deadlines have been established to allow the ticket office to
Receiving the tickets
Season tickets will be mailed approximately two weeks prior to the first home game. Single game tickets will be mailed at least seven days prior to the requested game. Phone, fax, mail, and online orders for single game tickets received seven days (or less) prior to a game will not be mailed. These tickets will be held at the "Will Call" window at the stadium or arena (this is true for both home and away games).
The person whose name appears on the account / order will be allowed to pick up these tickets at "Will Call" and a picture ID is required. If tickets are not picked up, a refund will not be made.
If you place two or more separate orders, each order will be mailed to you in separate envelopes. If your address changes after you have placed your ticket order, immediately notify the athletic ticket office/development office of the change in writing.
Single-game tickets for home and away football games and home basketball games are sold on a first-come/first-served basis (there is not a priority benefit for single-game tickets) through the athletic ticket office. The first day for football ticket sales will be in the early spring, and the first day for basketball ticket sales will be in the early fall. Contact the athletic ticket office directly to receive the specific dates...this includes individual or group orders. Tickets for away Big Ten basketball games are not available for purchase through the Illinois athletic ticket office.