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Original State Farm Center Seats Available for Purchase
April 15, 2014

As a part of the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center, fans have the opportunity to purchase a set of two attached chairs that have been removed from the facility and retrofitted with orange legs. They are the actual seats that fans sat in for decades and cheered on memorable Illini victories in the Assembly Hall and now State Farm Center.

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VIDEO: State Farm Center Renovation Update - March 2014
March 24, 2014

Former basketball player and current Illini Sports Network radio analyst Jerry Hester gives an update on State Farm Center Illinois Renaissance progress.

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$1 Million Orange Krush Gift Earns Name on SFC Club
Feb. 28, 2014

The Orange Krush has made a name for itself through its leadership and innovation as one of the nation's premiere student support groups. The University of Illinois is excited to announce the Krush are continuing their leadership away from the court with a $1 million gift to the State Farm Center to name the Orange Krush Club.

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UI Ticket Office Changes Location During State Farm Center Renovation
Feb. 27, 2014

Effective Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, normal ticket operations for the UI Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and State Farm Center will move off campus to Shoppes of Knollwood shopping plaza, 2141 South Neil St., Champaign, during the renovation of State Farm Center.

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More Than 300 SFC Premium Seating Donors to be Recognized
Feb. 24, 2014

More than 300 premium seating donors will be recognized at the men's basketball game on Wednesday. To date, these accumulated gifts total more than $2.5M.

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VIDEO: State Farm Center Renovation Update - Feb. 2014
Feb. 17, 2014

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas gives an update on State Farm Center Illinois Renaissance progress.

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John Penicook Drive Will Welcome Fans at State Farm Center
Feb. 14, 2014

The new horse shoe drive on the west side of State Farm Center will be named "John Penicook Drive" following the generous $1 million gift by his family.

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State Farm Center Leadership Gifts Announced
Feb. 12, 2014

More than 40 donors have provided generous gifts designated to the renovation of State Farm Center. Working closely with the Office of Athletic Development, donors have had the opportunity to make a significant impact by making contributions to name various locations within the facility. These 40 donors, in addition to those gifts previously announced, combined to raise more than $9 million in leadership gifts.

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Mannie Jackson's $3 Million Gift Adds Name to UI Basketball Hall of Fame
Jan. 29, 2014

Mannie Jackson broke down barriers as a Fighting Illini basketball player and student-athlete in the 1950s, and is now helping lead the way in the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center with a $3 million gift in support of the Mannie L. Jackson University of Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Gift Adds Ubben Name to SFC Donor Recognition Wall
Jan. 22, 2014

Tim and Sharon Ubben, who added their family name to the Ubben Basketball Practice Facility in 1998, are the latest Fighting Illini benefactors to add their name to a significant piece of State Farm Center with a $2 million naming rights gift for the Donor Recognition Wall.

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UI Grad Benson Gift Adds Name to Fighting Illini Legacy Club
Jan. 15, 2014

The support and momentum of the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center continues to grow. The University of Illinois is honored to announce that 1968 graduate Jim Benson and his family have agreed to make a $2 million gift to name the Fighting Illini Legacy Club in State Farm Center. The name he selected is fitting as a Legacy is something from the past; something that is handed down; something that remains from a previous generation or time.

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UI Alum John Giuliani Family Traditions Club Naming Rights Announced
Dec. 27, 2013

The vision of the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center was embraced by longtime University of Illinois supporter and 1983 graduate John Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani was the first donor to make a commitment to one of the numerous naming opportunities within this historic landmark. The UI is honored that Mr. Giuliani will prominently recognize his family at State Farm Center following a $5 million naming rights gift for the naming of the John Giuliani Family Traditions Club.

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New State Farm Center Seating Options Offered
Nov. 18, 2013

With the popularity and demand for Traditions Club seating at State Farm Center (SFC) moving at a very brisk pace, the University of Illinois has created new and exciting premium seating opportunities for individuals who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Big Ten Basketball with upscale amenities at lower price points.

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State Farm Center Project Receiving Strong Support
Aug. 9, 2013

More than $30 million has been committed by University of Illinois I FUND donors in support of the Illinois Renaissance of State Farm Center since January, giving the project an outstanding start. The UI and State Farm announced in April a 30-year, $60-million agreement that changed the name of the building, which was previously known as the Assembly Hall, to State Farm Center, as the iconic structure undergoes a major renovation project scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. The investment by State Farm is the largest by a corporation for a collegiate venue.

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UI, State Farm Unveil Naming of State Farm Center
April 29, 2013

The University of Illinois and State FarmĀ® are proud to announce the naming of State Farm Center, the iconic campus building long known as the Assembly Hall, pending UI Board of Trustees approval. A 30-year, $60-million agreement changes the name of the building to State Farm Center as the structure undergoes a major renovation project that is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016.

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