Illini fans can enjoy several exciting marketing promotions throughout the 2013 season.
Aug 26, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced an exciting slate of marketing promotions for the 2013 home season at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The eighth-annual Soccerfest (Sept. 29), the Sunday Soccer Fan Zone, a 2003 Big Ten Tournament championship team reunion (Sept. 27) and 100 Kids vs. Illinois Soccer (Oct.12) are just a few highlights on this year's list of Fighting Illini soccer promotions. Admission and parking are free for all regular season home games.
The eighth-annual Soccerfest presented by WCIA, the premier promotion for Fighting Illini soccer, will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, when Illinois hosts Nebraska at 1 p.m. The event, which broke the home attendance record (2,667) at the inaugural Soccerfest in 2006, consistently draws crowds that rank in the top-10 in school history. This year's edition will feature a Zoo Day, where fans can enjoy a petting zoo and create their own animal keychain along with getting free food and autographs.
During halftime of Soccerfest, local celebrities will face off in a Bumper Ballz Showdown. The inflatable Bumper Ballz, courtesy of Soccer Planet, offer a unique twist to the game of soccer, allowing players to bounce off one another while playing inside a protective bubble. Fans can get a sneak peek at the Bumper Ballz and try them out at the Sunday Soccer Fan Zone.
At every Sunday home game this year, a special Fan Zone will be set-up with special games for fans one hour prior to the match. Face painting, a juggling contest, penalty kick practice, a radar gun and Bumper Ballz will be available for fans.
When the Illini kick off Big Ten play at home against Iowa on Sept. 27, the program's first Big Ten Tournament championship team will be honored at halftime, as they celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 2003 title.
Another new promotion coming to Illinois Soccer Stadium is 100 Kids vs. Illinois Soccer. Kids eighth grade and younger are invited to play against the Illinois soccer team after the Illini square off against Wisconsin on Saturday, Aug. 12. Kids who sign up to play will receive a free t-shirt, poster and the opportunity to participate in the post-match event on the field.
Kids also are able to celebrate their birthday at any home game this season. The party deal includes hot dogs, sodas, popcorns, posters and programs along with personalized cupcakes, reserved seating, an Illinois wristband, a birthday card signed by the team, a birthday announcement and the party gets to stand with the team during the national anthem. To reserve a birthday party, fans can fill out this order form and return it to the Illinois Marketing Office with payment at least one week before the selected home game.
A brand new perk for kids is the opportunity to be a Kid Captain at home games. Kid Captain is a new element at soccer this year, and it gives members a chance to be announced during the game, receive an Illini t-shirt and captain armband, and run out of the team tunnel during pre-game.
Other promotions scheduled for this year include Local Heroes Night (Aug. 30), 5 Rights FC and Community Night (Sept. 1), Camper Reunion and Illinois FC Night (Sept. 13), Youth Soccer Day (Sept. 15), Girl Scout Night (Sept. 27) and Cancer Awareness Night (Oct. 25). Complete details on each event can be found on the Illinois Marketing and Promotions Schedule.
Following the nine-game home schedule, Illinois will host the 2013 Big Ten Tournament from Nov. 6-10 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate throughout the tournament. More detailed information will be posted closer to the event.
Keep updated on the Illini and home game promotions all season via fightingillini.com/promotions and by following @IlliniSoccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the team throughout the year.