Illini Training Camp Schedule Announced

The Illini will spend one week at Camp Rantoul (Aug. 6-12), where practices will be open to the public.
The Illini will spend one week at Camp Rantoul (Aug. 6-12), where practices will be open to the public.

July 31, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Led by new head coach Tim Beckman, the Fighting Illini football team will once again open its preseason practices at Camp Rantoul, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill. It marks the 13th year Illinois will hold part of its training camp in Rantoul, which is about 20 miles northeast of Champaign-Urbana.

Players will report to Rantoul on Aug. 5 and will hold eight practices there from Aug. 6-12. All practices held at Camp Rantoul will be open to the public. For the first three days of practice (Aug. 6-8), 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.

After the morning practice on Sunday, Aug. 12, the team will return to Champaign for Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium from 5-6 p.m. Fan Appreciation Day details will be coming soon. Starting Aug. 13, the Fighting Illini 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 Camp Rantoul including highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage at and, as well as on the Illini Football Twitter and Facebook pages.

The 2012 Fighting Illini, led by new head coach Tim Beckman, will play seven games on the new Memorial Stadium FieldTurf in 2012, starting with the season-opener against Western Michigan on Sept. 1. The Illini are coming off bowl victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history after defeating UCLA, 20-14, in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Season and single-game tickets for the 2012 season are on sale now.

 2012 Illinois Football Training Camp Schedule
 Date PracticeTimeSite
 Mon., Aug. 6 Practice 1a (blue)9 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
  Practice 1b (orange)4:45 p.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Tues., Aug. 7 Practice 2a (orange)9 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
  Practice 2b (blue)4:45 p.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Wed., Aug. 8 Practice 3a (blue)9 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
  Practice 3b (orange)4:45 p.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Thurs., Aug. 9 Practice 49 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Fri., Aug. 10 Practice 59 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Sat., Aug. 11 Practice 69 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
  Practice 75 p.m.Rantoul, Ill.
 Sun., Aug. 12 Practice 89 a.m.Rantoul, Ill.
  Fan Appreciation Day5 p.m.Memorial Stadium
 Mon., Aug. 13 Practice 99 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
  Practice 105 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Tues., Aug. 14 Practice 112:30 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Wed., Aug. 15 Practice 124 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Thurs., Aug. 16 Practice 139 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
  Practice 147:30 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Fri., Aug. 17 Practice 154 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Sat., Aug. 18 Practice 169 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
  Practice 177:30 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Mon., Aug. 20 Practice 189 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Tues., Aug. 21 Practice 192:30 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Wed., Aug. 22 Practice 204 p.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Thurs., Aug. 23 Practice 219 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Fri., Aug. 24 Practice 229 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Sat., Aug. 25 Practice 2310 a.m.Champaign, Ill.
 Sun., Aug. 26 Game Week Schedule BeginsChampaign, Ill.
 Mon., Aug. 27 Fall Classes BeginChampaign, Ill.
*All practice times and locations are subject to change

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.