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    Illinois Announces Free Admission for Most Olympic Sports Events
    Fans can take advantage of the new free admission policy at regular-season home Fighting Illini wrestling, gymnastics, track & field, baseball, softball and soccer events.

    Fans can take advantage of the new free admission policy at regular-season home Fighting Illini wrestling, gymnastics, track & field, baseball, softball and soccer events.

    Jan. 5, 2011

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois announced Wednesday that it will make admission to most of its Olympic Sports free of charge. The move was made to give Illinois fans more opportunities to enjoy quality family entertainment in challenging economic times.

    Illinois wrestling, gymnastics, track & field, baseball, softball, and soccer will now allow free admission. Illinois will continue to charge admission to football, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball. All four of these sports offer season tickets. Tennis, golf, and swimming and diving already had no admission charge attached to their events.

    "This is an exciting announcement for our wrestling fans as they can now see our nationally ranked team at no cost," wrestling head coach Jim Heffernan said. "We hope this translates to bigger crowds and an even better atmosphere at Huff Hall for our student-athletes."

    The next two Fighting Illini events fans can attend at no cost include the Jan. 7 wrestling match against West Virginia and the Jan. 8 track meet against Iowa. Illinois will host swimming and diving and men's and women's indoor track from Jan. 14-16.

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