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    Illinois Opens First 5 Rows for Minnesota Game
    Fans continue to snatch up Illinois football tickets, as the first five rows of the Minnesota game on Oct. 11 went on sale Friday.

    Fans continue to snatch up Illinois football tickets, as the first five rows of the Minnesota game on Oct. 11 went on sale Friday.

    Aug. 1, 2008

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois announced Friday that it is opening the first five rows on the east and west sides of Memorial Stadium to accommodate additional fans for the Oct. 11 football game against Minnesota. This need for additional seating continues the rush on Fighting Illini football tickets, as both the Ohio State and Iowa games are sold out, and the Indiana contest on Oct. 18 is nearing sellout status.

    "Tickets continue to move quickly for all of the remaining home games," said Jason Heggemeyer, Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations. "A very limited number of tickets are left for the Indiana game, and sales for the Eastern Illinois and Louisiana-Lafayette games also are doing well. Fans should buy tickets soon if they want to ensure their spot in Memorial Stadium this fall."

    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 Minnesota game will officially be declared a sellout.

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