CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Fans will be allowed at the Illinois Football spring game this year, making it the first Illini sporting event open to the public in 407 days. The Orange and Blue spring game is set for Monday, April 19th at 7 p.m. and will also air on Big Ten Network.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved on FightingIllini.com. Suite holders will have access to their seats for the game. The stadium will be limited to 25% capacity per state guidelines, and if seats remain on game day, fans can claim tickets at the locations on Kirby Ave.
“We’ll try to be as competitive as we can, but it’ll be basically a normal football game that everybody’s accustomed to watching as a football fan,” says head coach Bret Bielema. “There won’t be any stoppage of play, we might do a little continuous clock to fill the two hour segment that the Big Ten Network gave us, but it’ll give us a national audience and that’s what we’ve got, and we’ll try to deliver as great a product as we can, have a little fun along the way, and see how good a football team we got. “
The men’s basketball team will also be honored in a halftime ceremony, where they will unveil the Big Ten Tournament championship banner.