Sept. 27, 2013
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It's Dads Weekend at the University of Illinois and campus will be buzzing with a plethora of marquee sporting events. A full schedule of all the action is below. Fans are encouraged to share their photos of each event by using #ILLINI and mentioning @IlliniAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.
No. 24 Volleyball vs. Iowa at State Farm Center (7 p.m.) | Preview | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
Illinois opens Big Ten play at home this weekend with visits by Iowa and No. 12 Nebraska. The Illini will play Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday at State Farm Center, where the Illini look to break their all-time attendance record of 7,632. The Illini have played two matches at State Farm Center (formerly Assembly Hall) in the 39-year history of the program. Most recently, Illinois hosted No. 6 Minnesota on Oct. 16, 2009, in front of a school-record crowd of 7,632 fans. Illinois will host three more matches at State Farm Center before the year ends, as the Illini were chosen to host the 2013 NCAA Regional at SFC in Dec. 13-14.
Soccer vs. Iowa at Illini Soccer Stadium (7 p.m. ) | Preview | GameTracker
Following a 1-1 draw in its first Big Ten game at Ohio State last weekend, Illinois (5-2-2) will host its first conference weekend at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Illini will host Iowa (8-1) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. In addition to the game against the Hawkeyes, the 2003 Illinois team will return to Champaign this weekend to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the program's first Big Ten Tournament title. Members of the championship team will be recognized at halftime along with fellow alumni who are back for the reunion weekend.
Football vs. Miami (OH) at Memorial Stadium (11 a.m. on BTN)
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The Fighting Illini (2-1) return to Memorial Stadium to host the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (0-3) after an open date last weekend. Illinois is coming off a 34-24 loss to No. 19 Washington at Soldier Field on Sept. 14. The revamped Illinois offense, directed by new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, has jumped at least 60 spots in the national rankings from last year to this year in passing offense, passing efficiency, scoring offense, total offense and turnovers lost, with the biggest turnaround a 95-place swing in long plays from scrimmage.
No. 24 Volleyball vs. No. 12 Nebraska at Huff Hall (4 p.m. on BTN) | Preview | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
The Fighting Illini play their first televised match of the season on Saturday against Nebraska on the Big Ten Network (4 p.m. CT). Illinois has a storied history with Nebraska, meeting the Huskers five times in the NCAA Tournament between 1986 and 1992, making Nebraska the team its has faced most often in postseason play. The Illini are 86-62 all-time on television, including 32-36 on national TV.
Men's & Women's Basketball Illini Street Jam at Green & Wright Street (7:30 p.m.) | Preview
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 Campustown. 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.
Soccer vs. Nebraska at Illini Soccer Stadium (1 p.m.) | SoccerFest | Preview | GameTracker
Illinois will host its premier promotion, SoccerFest presented by WCIA, on Sunday, Sept. 29 when it takes on Nebraska at 1 p.m. The eighth-annual SoccerFest, which begins at noon, will feature free pizza for the first 1,000 fans, a petting zoo, a create-your-own animal keychain station, the chance to make your own caramel apple and postgame autographs. The Sunday Soccer Fan Zone also will be available for fans one hour prior to the game and a Celebrity Bumper Ballz Showdown will be held at halftime. Admission and parking for SoccerFest are both free.
OTHER HAPPENINGS THIS WEEKEND
Softball Games | Illini Softball "Where are they Now"
The Fighting Illini close out the fall exhibition season this weekend with five home games at Eichelberger Field. The weekend begins with a matchup against cross-town team Parkland at 4 p.m. on Friday. Then on Saturday the Illini host their annual Alumni Game at 9:30 a.m. The Orange and Blue wrap up the fall on Sunday with a round robin against Heartland and DePaul. Illinois will face Heartland at 10 a.m. and DePaul at 3 p.m., with the neutral matchup being played in between at approximately 12:30 p.m. Admission to all softball events is free.
Varsity `I' Weekend | Preview
Former Fighting Illini Ron Guenther and Jim Grabowski, as well as the 1953 Big Ten Championship and 1963 Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship football teams, will be honored as part of this weekend's Varsity `I' festivities. The Varsity "I" Weekend events begin on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Stone Creek Golf Club with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. A celebration for the award winners will be held on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium. The festivities continue Saturday, Sept. 28 with the Varsity "I" Tailgate Tent Party at 9 a.m., followed by the kickoff of the Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio) football game at 11 a.m. A special presentation for the 2013 Varsity "I" honorees during the game will wrap up the weekend.