Illini Open First Five Rows For Indiana Game
July 22, 2008
The University of Illinois announced this afternoon that it is opening the first five rows on the east and west sides of Memorial Stadium to accommodate additional fans for the Oct. 18 football game against Indiana. Earlier today, Illinois opened the first five rows of Memorial Stadium for the Ohio State game on Nov. 15 and the Iowa game on Nov. 1, making this the sixth time in the past two seasons that additional capacity has been created for a Fighting Illini game.
"Needing to open up extra seats for these games is a great situation to be in," said Jason Heggemeyer, Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations. "Illini fans continue to show that they're some of the best fans in the nation and that they're very excited about this season."
Seats in the first five rows are generally covered as they are considered obstructed view seats because the football teams' sideline presence causes a viewing obstruction for fans in these locations. There are only 1,500 seats available in these rows. Once these tickets have sold, the Iowa and Indiana games will officially be declared sellouts. Earlier Tuesday, the Ohio State game was declared a sellout less than an hour after single-game tickets went on sale.
"The Indiana game continues a trend that we expect will span our entire home schedule," said Chris Hanna, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales. "We expect all games will reach our full stadium capacity, so the time to buy tickets is now."