Ninth-Annual Stuff Huff Match Headlines Promotional Schedule
Aug. 26, 2014
A definite crowd favorite, Stuff Huff is set for Friday, Aug. 29, when the Illini open the 2014 regular season with a visit by perennial powerhouse Long Beach State. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., when Illinois students are invited to a foam party, brought to you by Foamalicious, to be held outdoors in the grass area to the south of Huff Hall. Free Jimmy Johns sandwiches and freeze pops will be available to the first 750 attendees, and students will have the opportunity to paint themselves orange and blue at the body paint station. A DJ will be pumping tunes all evening to get fans fired up for the match, and upon entry to Huff Hall, foam party participants will get a chance to dry off with a free Fighting Illini volleyball rally towel.
Stuff Huff began on opening night in 2006, when 3,129 fans packed Huff Hall to witness a 3-1 victory over in-state rival Illinois State. The tradition has continued every year since then, with a large crowd “stuffing” Huff for the first home night match of each of the past eight seasons. Illinois has averaged 2,789 fans per Stuff Huff event, with three crowds of over 3,000, including the past two seasons. Illinois had it’s largest season-opening crowd ever in the 2012 Stuff Huff match, when 3,770 fans filled Huff Hall to watch the banner raising ceremony from Illinois’ 2011 national runner-up campaign, followed by a 3-0 sweep of No. 15 Iowa State.
The Illini open Big Ten play at home on Sept. 26 against Maryland for the first of two Kids Club Nights, with kid-friendly activities before the match. The following evening against Rutgers, the Illini will host Chinese-American Unity Night, where Chinese students and members of the community are encouraged to attend and American and Chinese heritage will be celebrated.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, is Bring-A-Friend Night. Illini Networkers and season ticket holders may bring an additional friend with them for free as we hope to fill the stands on national television as Illinois takes on nationally-ranked Minnesota live on the Big Ten Network.
Be sure to come early to the Wisconsin match on Oct. 4, as Spike Squad will be holding a tailgate with free food hot off the grill as well as fun outdoor lawn games.
Homecoming Weekend kicks off with the annual Breast Cancer Awareness match on Friday, Oct. 24, against Indiana. The Illini Networkers will once again hold a pink jersey auction, with net proceeds benefiting Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana. The auction will take place in late September during the matches against Maryland and Rutgers. The team will wear the special pink jerseys versus Indiana, each sporting the name of the auction winner’s choice on the back.
On Saturday, Nov. 29, the Illini’s three seniors will be honored on Senior Night against Michigan. Liz McMahon, Anna Dorn and Morganne Criswell will suit up for their final regular-season match at Huff Hall, and the trio will be honored following the match for their contributions to the volleyball program. The final home match will also be the second Kids Club Night of the season.
Once again, the volleyball team will participate in football ticket stub redemption when the Orange and Blue play on the same night as a home football game. Fans may redeem their used football ticket stub for a general admission seat (while availability lasts) to the volleyball matches on Aug. 30 (North Carolina), Oct. 4 (Wisconsin) and Oct. 25 (Purdue).
Fans can pick up a free copy of the season poster at any home match (while supplies last), and will have the opportunity to have it signed by the whole team, as the Fighting Illini sign autographs in the southwest corner of Huff after nearly every home match.
Every match will feature a Kid Captain, who will have the chance to watch warm-ups from the bench, stand with the team for the National Anthem and be announced prior to the match. Kids 8th grade and under can register to enter here.
Illinois volleyball is also a great place to have a birthday party. Register here to reserve your special night, which will include hot dogs, popcorn, personalized cupcakes, a birthday card signed by the whole team and more.
For more information about any volleyball promotion, contact Brad Swanson, Director of Sports Marketing, at email@example.com.