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    Illini Open First Five Rows For Iowa Game
    Martez Wilson and his teammates will be looking for payback when the Illini host Iowa Nov. 1.

    Martez Wilson and his teammates will be looking for payback when the Illini host Iowa Nov. 1.

    July 22, 2008

    The University of Illinois announced Tuesday that it is opening the first five rows on the east and west sides of Memorial Stadium to accommodate additional fans for the Nov. 1 football game against Iowa. Earlier today, Illinois announced that the Ohio State game on Nov. 15 was sold out, making this the fifth time in the past two seasons that an Illini game has reached capacity.

    "As we did earlier today with the Ohio State game, we are making the first five rows on both sidelines available to satisfy the great demand we've had for the Iowa game," said Jason Heggemeyer, Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations. "Tickets for all of our home games continue to move quickly, which is a great sign of our fans' excitement for this season."

    Seats in the first five rows are generally covered as they are considered obstructed view seats because of the football teams' sideline presence. There are only 1,500 seats available in these rows and once these tickets have sold, the Iowa game will officially be declared a sellout. The Ohio State game was declared a sellout Tuesday morning less than an hour after single-game tickets went on sale.

    "We have had great response from Fighting Illini fans all summer and it has continued today with the rush as we opened single-game sales," said Chris Hanna, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales. "Fans who wish to buy tickets for the Iowa game should move quickly because we anticipate a sellout soon."

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