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    Illini Football Training Camp Schedule Announced
    The Illini will spend a week of Training Camp at Camp Rantoul (Aug. 12-19) for the 14th year.

    The Illini will spend a week of Training Camp at Camp Rantoul (Aug. 12-19) for the 14th year.

    July 26, 2013

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini football team will open its 2013 preseason training camp at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 5 before heading north to Camp Rantoul, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill., for a week starting Aug. 12. It marks the 14th year Illinois will hold part of its training camp in Rantoul, which is about 20 miles northeast of Champaign-Urbana.

    Players will report to campus on Aug. 4 and will hold seven practices in Champaign from Aug. 5-10. For the first four days of practice (Aug. 5-8), the team will be split into two groups, with one practicing in the morning and the other in the afternoon. This format allows the coaching staff to give more repetitions and individual instruction to each player with so many newcomers going through Illinois practices for the first time.

    The Fighting Illini will host Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, before loading up and heading to Camp Rantoul for nine practices between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19. All practices held at Camp Rantoul will be open to the public, including a scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Illini will also scrimmage on Aug. 17 at Memorial Stadium, but that will be closed to the public.

    The team will return to Champaign for a practice on Aug. 20 and will continue the rest of training camp in Champaign, where all practices will be closed to the public.

    Illini fans will be able to get full coverage of training camp including highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage at fightingillini.com and CoachBeckman.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

    Season and single-game tickets for the 2013 Illinois football season, which includes seven home games, are on sale now. The Fighting Illini also will host the Chicago Homecoming game at historic Soldier Field on Sept. 14 against Washington. Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game start at $30 and are on sale now.

     2013 Illinois Football Training Camp Schedule
     Date PracticeTimeSite Open/Closed
     Mon., Aug. 5 Practice 1a (orange)8:30 a.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
      Practice 1b (blue)4:25 p.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Tues., Aug. 6 Practice 2a (blue)8:30 a.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
      Practice 2b (orange)4:25 p.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Wed., Aug. 7 Practice 3a (orange)8:30 a.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
      Practice 3b (blue)4:25 p.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Thurs., Aug. 8 Practice 4a (blue)8:30 a.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
      Practice 4b (orange)4:25 p.m. Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Fri., Aug. 9 Practice 59 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Sat., Aug. 10 Practice 69 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
      Practice 78 p.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Sun., Aug. 11 Fan Appreciation Day4 p.m.Memorial Stadium Players/coaches sign autographs
     Mon., Aug. 12 Practice 89 a.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
      Scrimmage5:30 p.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Tues., Aug. 13 Practice 104:15 p.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Wed., Aug. 14 Practice 119 a.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
      Practice 124:15 p.m. Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Thurs., Aug. 15 Practice 139 a.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Fri., Aug. 16 Practice 149 a.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
      Practice 154:15 p.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Sat., Aug. 17 Scrimmage7 p.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Sun., Aug. 18 Off Day
     Mon., Aug. 19 Practice 1710:45 a.m.Camp Rantoul Open to public
     Tues., Aug. 20 Practice 1811:45 amChampaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Wed., Aug. 21 Practice 1910:45 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Thurs., Aug. 22 Practice 2010:45 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Fri., Aug. 23 Practice 2110:45 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Sat., Aug. 24 Practice 2211 a.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Sun., Aug. 25 Practice 236:30 p.m.Champaign, Ill. Closed to public
     Mon., Aug. 26 Fall Classes BeginChampaign, Ill.

    *All practices in Champaign are closed to the public. All practices in Rantoul are open to the public and free to attend.
    **All practice times and locations subject to change. Check fightingillini.com or follow @IlliniFootball on Twitter for the latest updates throughout Training Camp.

    Directions to Camp Rantoul
    From I-57: Take Rantoul exit (exit 250) ... Head east off ramp until you come to Route 45 ... Go south on Rt 45 ... Follow until you see the fields on your left-hand side ... Turn left onto Wheat Ave. ... Parking is available on your right-hand side in the parking lot.

    From Champaign: Take Rt 45/Cunningham Ave. north until you see the Rantoul welcome sign ... Turn right onto Wheat Ave.

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