Cornelison sang for the Chicago Bears opening game of the 2011 football season on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.
Aug 29, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois announced Tuesday that Jim Cornelison, the fulltime national anthem singer for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Illini's Chicago Homecoming game against Washington at Soldier Field on Sept. 14. A fixture at the United Center and a regular at other events around the Windy City, Cornelison's unmistakable voice will set the stage for the 5 p.m. kickoff.
Cornelison sang with multiple opera companies before moving to Chicago in 1995 to take part in the Lyric Opera's Apprenticeship Program, where he one of six accepted apprentices among more than 800 applicants. He has performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in opera, such as Plácido Domingo and Zubin Mehta. As a singer with Columbia Artists Management, he has sung with opera companies in Bordeaux, London, Brussels and San Francisco, among many other places.
He joins a long list of attractions at Chicago Homecoming, including the Dick Butkus Luncheon at Wildfire Chicago from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to benefit the I Fund, Butkus Foundation and I PLAY CLEAN. Click here for luncheon ticket information.
Butkus, as well as a number of former Illini men's basketball players and the 2013-14 Illini men's basketball team will be signing autographs at Illini Fest on the Soldier Field Stadium Green Area, the southeast lawn outside the stadium. Illini Fest begins at 1 p.m. and also will feature live music and entertainment, face painting, interactive games for kids and adults, free sno-cones and cotton candy, giveaways, appearances by the Marching Illini and Fighting Illini cheerleaders, food and drink for purchase, and much more.
Chicago Homecoming Transportation Options
UI students can save gas money and parking fees for the Chicago Homecoming game by booking a bus ticket to Soldier Field for the Illinois-Washington matchup. UI students, who get a FREE ticket to the game with the purchase of a 2013 season ticket, can purchase bus transportation to the game for just $22 (buy online).
Illinois Football Tickets
Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game start at $30 and are on sale now. Season and single-game tickets for the 2013 Illinois football season, which includes seven home games, are on sale now.