The Illinois Renaissance project offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for devoted alumni and faithful fans to become permanently connected with the historic fabric of Illinois athletics. The visionaries choosing to become so meaningfully involved in the program will not only help offset some of the project's $160 million price tag, but will forever be associated with this monumental commitment to the future of Illinois athletics and this legendary structure.
We encourage you to review the naming opportunities available for consideration. Please visit with I FUND officers today to learn how you can become one of the driving forces of the Illinois Renaissance.
The playing court is where the action happens. It is the place where Illinois has earned
its reputation over its illustrious history as one of college basketball's top programs. This is
where Eddie Johnson's last-second shot took down No. 1 Michigan State in 1979; it's where Andy Kaufmann's improbable buzzer-beater led to a wild celebration after the victory
over rival Iowa in 1993; and it's where the Illini earned the nation's top ranking during the 2004-05 season after a rout of No. 1 Wake Forest. On that night, the floor vibrated with each roar of the crowd as the Illini built an incredible 32-point lead, proving to the nation that the No. 1 team in the land played on this court. In John Groce's first season on February 7, 2013, Tyler Griffey made the biggest shot of his career with 0.9 seconds to play to give Illinois a 74-72 victory over then No. 1 Indiana.
Illinois has won 80 percent of its games on the State Farm Center floor and that advantage
will only grow stronger thanks to the comprehensive renovations that will bring students and fans right up to the floor on all sides, creating an imposing game-day environment
for visiting teams. There is no greater opportunity to connect to the excitement of Fighting Illini basketball than by naming the floor. The donor's name will be displayed on the
court, allowing for visibility throughout the arena on a daily basis and on television.
West Grand Entrance
One of the most exciting features of the Illinois Renaissance is the creation of a Grand Entrance to State Farm Center, one that will immediately convey to guests that this building is the home of the Fighting Illini. An expanded, bright and colorful lobby will now welcome fans as they enter the main circle drive off First Street. It will immediately become a central meeting space and will feature access to the ticket center and other conveniences such as a team store and Hall of Fame. Fans will be able to mingle indoors, out of the elements, before entering the arena bowl. Nearly two-thirds of all Illini basketball fans and State Farm Center guests enter through the west gate, meaning that the donor who names this location will receive recognition year-round.
Fighting Illini Basketball Hall of Fame
Naming Opportunity // Reserved
In the new Hall of Fame, Fighting Illini fans will be able to view a wide selection of basketball memorabilia as well as relive some of the magical moments and great accomplishments throughout the storied history of Illinois basketball. The Hall of Fame will be accessible on more days than just home games, meaning that the donor who names this space will help the university attract Orange and Blue fans to campus during all seasons of the year.
Naming Opportunity // Reserved
Ever since the Illinois Renaissance renovation of Memorial Stadium, Illini fans have become accustomed to some of college football's best amenities offered in the Colonnades Club and the 77 Club. Now, fans enjoying the action of Illinois basketball will be able to enjoy the upscale conveniences in the newly created Traditions Club. This private club will be accessible only to premium seating members and will highlight the unforgettable moments, great achievements, and favorite players and coaches that have graced the State Farm Center throughout the years. The space will be used year-round to host other receptions, dinners and corporate events, and will quickly become one of the most desired event destinations in Central Illinois.
East Grand Entrance
One of the many benefits of this renovation will be enhanced and additional entryways
for guests as they arrive at the State Farm Center. For the first time ever, the east side of the facility will have a major entrance of its own. This entryway will be specifically designed
for recruits, and will also be enjoyed by the general public and UI students as well.
Plans inside this area call for a Legends Lobby that will showcase memorabilia, photographs
and highlight videos of the greatest players ever to suit up for the Orange and Blue.
By naming the East Grand Entrance, your name will be placed at a location where all
who walk through the doors instantly take in the glorious past and promising future of
Fighting Illini basketball.
Orange Krush Club
Naming Opportunity // Reserved
The Orange Krush is one of the most recognizable and respected student support groups in all of college basketball. The orange-clad students have surrounded the court and intimidated opposing teams since 1975. Since 1998, a key component of the organization has been the Orange Krush Foundation, which is managed by its members and has donated more than $2 million to charities since that time.
The new Orange Krush Club will be the central gathering place for Krush members
prior to games as they prepare to cheer on the Fighting Illini. The space will help the
organization recruit and retain more members, which will in turn continue to improve
gameday atmosphere. By naming this area, you will be forever connected to the current students as well as the next generations of students who support the Fighting Illini
The most sought-after college basketball ticket in the state will quickly become one that includes access to the Courtside Club. This brand new lounge will be located on the floor level of State Farm Center, exclusively accessible to all fans with courtside tickets. The classy design will make the club a favorite gathering spot for fans before and after the game, and during breaks in the action. The club area will be near the tunnel entrances to the floor, giving patrons the opportunity to watch the Fighting Illini as they prepare to run onto the court. By naming this space, a donor will be associated with one of the most sought-after experiences on a basketball game day.
House of 'Paign Floor Tunnel - North
Whether it's a college basketball legend like Lou Henson, Shaquille O'Neal or Magic Johnson, or an entertainment superstar like Frank Sinatra, Elvis or Garth Brooks, they all have at least one thing in common: each entered the State Farm Center floor through the House of 'Paign Tunnel. This access point to the floor will be a walkway for performers and teams for years to come. By naming this tunnel, you will be forever connected to the greats of the past and the stars of the future. The donor's name will be displayed above the entrance to the tunnel in the main bowl and will be visible throughout the arena.
Orange & Blue Courtside Tunnel - Northeast
One of the many additions planned in the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center is the
Orange and Blue Courtside Tunnel. It is a greatly needed entrance to the arena floor that will be used primarily during Fighting Illini games for players, officials, television personalities and recruits. The tunnel will be the main avenue to the Courtside Club, which will host VIP fans seated along the floor as well as other premium-seating guests. The donor who supports this tunnel will have his or her name placed above the entrance and it will be visible throughout the arena on game day. By naming the Orange and Blue Courtside Tunnel, your generosity will be directly connected to one of the new areas visible to all fans in the seating bowl.
Final Four Club
The Final Four Club will be an energized, private club space used to host premium seating members on game day. This club will be near the new East Grand Entrance and will welcome many of our fans seated on that side of the arena. The upscale food and beverages and convenient location will make this club attractive to fans before, during, and after the game. The Final Four Club will be a popular meeting space and small event venue throughout the year, and the decor will highlight some of the most successful teams in Illinois basketball history.
Men's & Women's Locker Rooms
The locker room is the ultimate site of team togetherness and you can feel the intensity of gameday just by stepping inside this area. Pre-game speeches, halftime adjustments and postgame celebrations all happen right here. The men's and women's locker rooms will be completely renovated, growing in size while providing each player with an oversized oak locker outfitted with the latest multimedia technology. Inside each locker, a list of players who have previously worn that number are showcased, connecting the past to the present. This reminder also serves as motivation to the current players of the legacy they carry with them each time they put on their Illini jersey. By naming the locker room, your generosity will give the players a state-of-the-art facility for them to call home. The donor's name will be displayed prominently in the locker room, visible to all players, coaches and recruits who walk through its doors.
The legacy of Illinois Athletics unfolds like the vivid tail of a peacock. It is a rainbow spectrum of life stories varying with a cornucopia of every possible shade and hue. The life stories are interconnected with a common bond and yet independently different at the same time. The Donor Recognition Wall will tell the story of the great families and individuals whose significant contributions have allowed multiple Illini student-athletes to add their chapter to the continuing legacy. Standing alone, a life story can get lost in the shuffle, but when bound together on the Donor Recognition Wall, they will generate a bright light of energy guiding the way for future Illini generations!
Horse Shoe Drive
It has been said that all paths lead home. The Illinois Renaissance for the State Farm Center will ensure the iconic facility will remain a home away from home for everyone in Illini Nation for generations to come. As part of the renovation, a new horse shoe drive will be constructed on the east side providing a mirror image to the west. Both driveways will connect patrons to new grand entrances thereby creating a vortex of energy as Illini Nation constantly cycles in and out of "The Hall" on a continual basis throughout the year. The donor who attaches a name to these opportunities will permanently be tied to these new Illini Lanes!
Memorial Stadium Premium Seating has helped Illini fans become accustomed to some of college football's best amenities. Now, visiting University of Illinois dignitaries will be able to enjoy the same upscale conveniences at the State Farm Center in the newly created Illinois Suite. This private suite will be utilized by President Bob Easter, Chancellor Phyllis Wise and other University Administration to advance the mission of the entire campus. The space will be used year-round and will highlight the unforgettable moments, great achievements, and favorite players and coaches that have graced the State Farm Center throughout the years.
BASKETBALL COACHES LOCKER ROOM
In order to provide the best opportunities for Illini student-athletes, Illinois Athletics needs to attract and retain the best coaches in the country. The State Farm Center Renaissance Project and the new state-of-the-art men's and women's basketball coaches' locker room will provide the leaders of the Illini team with the amenities they need to be successful. Besides augmenting the activities for Illinois coaches, the coaches' locker room will celebrate the long and proud history of coaching greats at the University of Illinois.
CELEBRITY LUXURY LOUNGE
The State Farm Center may be known as the House of 'Paign for Illinois basketball. However, "The Hall" has also been a world-class performance center. From Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones to Bill Cosby and Garth Brooks to Prince and Carrie Underwood, they all have used the star locker rooms while showcasing their talents in Champaign. The Illinois Renaissance will feature four new state-of-the-art luxury lounges that will cater to every celebrity need from the conventional to the outlandish.
STATE FARM CENTER OFFICE SUITE
The new East Grand Entrance to State Farm Center will be the primary entrance for premium seating holders and Illini basketball recruits, but it will also feature a brand new office suite for State Farm Center employees. The strategic planning and execution of all State Farm Center events will originate from this office suite. Donors who place their names on the office suite will be featured in the State Farm Center concourse for all patrons to see.
The anticipation that builds inside a sports fan before attending a game is one to cherish. The excitement makes it impossible to remember patience is a virtue. The butterflies boil over into a crescendo as the fan walks through the arena portal and is bombarded by game atmosphere. Arena portals are truly transportation devices shared by all fans. They catapult the patron from the calm concourse into the magic of the arena. The lower level of the renovated State Farm Center will have three main stands portals, including the featured gateway directly in line with the new West Grand Entrance. The upper level will feature 14 portals. These portals will provide the primary access for the main concert/performance configuration, meaning that the donor who names one of these portals will receive recognition year-round.
Thomas Jefferson once said, "The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty." A free and independent fourth estate is a critical educational component for every true democracy. Illini Nation has members spread throughout the world. The dissemination of information by the media is a vital cog in the symbiotic relationship between the University of Illinois and its constituents. The Media Center will host reporters during facility functions and serve as feature location for press conferences. When Illini coaches and players put great future moments in Illinois history into words, they will do so in the Media Center.
Besides the arena floor, if there's one area that connects every performer in the State Farm Center, it's the dining lounge. From Prince and Carrie Underwood to Bill Cosby and Deron Williams to Brandon Paul and Karisma Penn, the State Farm Center stars all eat in the dining lounge. The lounge is also used by Illini teams to host recruits and their families on visits. After the renovation, the dining lounge will continue to serve as a focal point for all entertainers while also proudly displaying the iconic history of State Farm Center performances.
INTERACTIVE SPORT HISTORY DISPLAYS
The University of Illinois has a long and proud history in all sports. The State Farm Center renovation will provide an opportunity to celebrate the great players, coaches, and moments from every Illini sport. The new upper concourse will feature large, interactive displays that will allow fans of all ages to learn about and celebrate each sport. Former athletes will also be able to showcase their participation in their sport(s) to their families. The Illinois Renaissance will turn the State Farm Center into a destination throughout the year, while also making the State Farm Center an archive of Illini lore.