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Tents and Tailgating

Pre-game festivities in Grange Grove.


Groups can reserve tent space in the exlusive tent area in Lot 31 and Grange Grove. To be eligible for tent space, groups must purchase 20 tickets or more (available at a group discount), and order tents, food and beverages through approved vendors. For complete details and information on group tents, contact Scott Friedman at (217) 244-3212, or by e-mail:

Grange Grove

Grange Grove is located directly west of Memorial Stadium, is a free, high-energy tailgating area, which Fighting Illini fans of all ages can enjoy. There will be space for fans to set up their own tailgate on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles will not be allowed inside Grange Grove which will open the day before from 5pm to 7pm for fans to reserve their space and set up any tailgate items. The lot will reopen at 7 am on game day and will remain open until 10 pm or one hour after the conclusion of a night game. In addition to tailgating, fans can also enjoy live music and a family fun zone with inflatables, face painting, activities for kids, beginning three hours before kick. There will be a variety of food vendors located on First Street right outside Grange Grove.

Individual Tailgating

Allowed in all football parking lots. All those tailgating must adhere to the policies listed in the parking section of this guide. Personal tailgating tents and awnings must be 10’x10′ or smaller, and must fit within the boundary of one designated parking space. Tailgating on sidewalks or walkways is prohibited. Personal golf carts are prohibited from tailgating areas. No electrical power will be provided. Please dispose of hot used charcoal in the specified disposal containers located throughout the parking lots.