Illini Fest Tailgate to Kickoff Chicago Homecoming
June 24, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini Athletics, along with the University of Illinois Foundation and University of Illinois Alumni Association, will be hosting a free "Illini Fest" tailgate event prior to the Sept. 14 Chicago Homecoming game at Soldier Field.
Fans will be able to enjoy live music, food, interactive games and much more (see list below) next to Soldier Field on the southeast lawn four hours prior to the 5 p.m. game between Illinois and Washington. The event also will feature on-site vendors selling food and drinks, plus appearances from the Marching Illini, cheerleaders, and past Illini greats, providing the perfect tailgate experience for the 125,000+ alumni in the Chicagoland area as well as all Illinois football fans.
"Illini Fest will be a great way for alumni and Illini fans of all ages to enjoy a full day of tailgating and fun outside historic Soldier Field," said Jennifer Larson, Assistant Athletic Director for Sales & Marketing. "We want to take our game day atmosphere from Champaign, where thousands of orange-clad fans tailgate around the stadium on football Saturdays, up to Chicago for this game. With live music, food, drinks, games, the Marching Illini, cheerleaders and more, followed by a great matchup in prime time, it will certainly be a memorable experience for all Fighting Illini fans."
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