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    Basketball Season Tips Off with Illini Street Jam
    The intersection of Green and Wright Streets in the heart of Campustown is the site for Illini Street Jam on Sept. 28.

    The intersection of Green and Wright Streets in the heart of Campustown is the site for Illini Street Jam on Sept. 28.

    Sept. 18, 2013

    Champaign, Ill. - Fans will get their first look at the 2013-14 Illinois basketball teams at Illini Street Jam on Saturday night, Sept. 28, capping a trio of sporting events on campus.

    Illini Street Jam will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Green St. and Wright St. in campus town. The area will be closed to traffic to house an Illini-themed flex court, baskets, bleachers and lights. Festivities will include player introductions, fan interactive games and competitions.

    Illini Street Jam is free, and bleacher seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There also will be standing-room-only space surrounding the court for fans to enjoy the event.

    U of I alumnus Ryan Baker, sports anchor for WBBM-CBS 2 in Chicago, will emcee the evening's events. Illini Street Jam will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.

    Sept. 28 is Dad's Day and begins with the Illini football game vs. Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. The 16th-ranked Illinois volleyball team then takes on No. 12 Nebraska at 4 p.m. at Huff Hall. Those events set the stage for the unveiling of the 2013-14 Illinois basketball programs under second-year head coaches John Groce and Matt Bollant, whose teams will both participate in Illini Street Jam.

    The Fighting Illini men's team is coming off an exciting 23-win season and NCAA Tournament third-round appearance. Coach Groce welcomes back five returnees and adds a top-25-ranked recruiting class among a total of nine newcomers this season. The Illinois women's team, meanwhile, broke a number of Big Ten and school records last season while advancing to the WNIT quarterfinals. Bollant welcomes back three starters and six returnees, while adding a top-25 recruiting class among a talented group of seven newcomers.

    Illinois men's basketball tickets are on sale now. Season tickets are still available in C Level for $435. Fans can also choose to purchase the Illini Power Pack which includes a ticket to the Indiana and Michigan State games along with all nine non-conference and preseason games, all for the price of just $129. Season tickets and Illini Power Packs can be purchased online at FightingIllini.com, by phone at (866)-ILLINI-1 or in person at the Illinois ticket office at State Farm Center.

    University of Illinois students, meanwhile, still have an opportunity to purchase season tickets. Student tickets are on sale exclusively at FightingIllini.com. UI students must order by Sept. 20 to receive priority seating. Students interested in joining Orange Krush should visit IlliniPride.com for details. Registration for Krush closes on Sept. 20.

    Illinois women's basketball season tickets are available now at FightingIllini.com. General admission season tickets are $25 each, while reserved season tickets are available for $75. Fans also can purchase a combined women's basketball/volleyball season ticket for $35.

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