Ticket demands for the Nov. 12 game against Michigan are so high that Illinois has opened up 1,500 seats that are usually covered to accommodate more fans.
Imagine that you’re a leadoff hitter who finds himself down 0-1 in the count every time you step up to the plate. Or that you’re a basketball player who strolls out for each game’s opening tip with one foul already whistled against you. Or, perhaps, you’re a golfer who’s already down a stroke every time you dig in at a tee.
The capacity of the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium will decrease by roughly 2,200 for next season, as the school is permanently removing bleacher seats that have become too old to use.
The Big Ten is growing. And it has the IHSA scrambling as a result.
The Big Ten’s expansion to 12 teams will impact more than just college sports. It’s affecting the location of the IHSA Football Championship Game.
With the Fighting Illini football program having some success this year excitement still remains low. The fans are not coming to the games, and this speaks to the whole program’s fan base. What will get these fans to support their team like they say they do?