Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with the ultimate Champaign-Urbana tradition…...Fighting Illini Football! That’s right! The season opener is finally here! Our University of Illinois will kick off against Ball State on Saturday, September 2nd, at 2:30 pm in beautiful Memorial Stadium. Wear your best blue and orange and help cheer our boys onto victory!

Head to Grange Grove before the game for the ultimate tailgate party! Dine on delicious food that you create in your tailgate area or enjoy the numerous food trucks on site. Find fun games and activities in the family zone. Listen to live music by Andy Mo Band. Do not miss the Marching Illini pregame show and Fighting Illini Walk! It’s the perfect opportunity to show your team your support as they had into the stadium! The gates of Grange Grove open at 7:00 am for you to check out all the fun!  


Want to host your own Fighting Illini party at home? Gather all the Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.


Saturday’s Fighting Illini season opener marks the 128th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our community.


For everything you need to know about the 2017 team, season schedule, and more, check out the official webpage for Illini Football.


Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, Champaign Rose wishes you a very happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!


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