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Entertainment and Amenities
Family Fun Zone
Centrally located in Grange Grove, this year’s family zone includes all the favorite inflatable bounce houses and games, face painting and balloon artists. New to Grange Grove is a science experiment station, Game Day Genomics, brought to you by the Illinois Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
Former Letterwinner Autograph Tent
Each game former Illini letterwinners will return to campus to meet and greet fans at the Autograph Tent inside Grange Grove located near the GameDay Spirit storefront. Autographs will begin 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Check the Grange Grove website each week to see the lineup of former letterwinners set for pregame festivities:
Each week, Grange Grove features live musical entertainment, beginning two hours prior to kickoff following Illini Walk and the Marching Illini band show.
Food Trucks and Beer Tent
Regardless of your pregame plans, fans wanting to enjoy Grange Grove will have access to plenty of food and beverage options with a wide variety of food trucks set along First Street each week. This year’s food truck lineup includes Kona Ice, Chester’s BBQ, Dave’s Dogs, and more. Inside Grange Grove, fans can enjoy the beer tent, which opens three hours before kickoff.
Fighting Illini Merchandise
GameDay Spirit will once again have a storefront in Grange Grove offering the latest Nike game day attire. Clear Bags can be purchased at the store.
Fighting Illini Fan Headquarters
Stop by the Fighting Illini Fan Headquarters for the latest giveaways and memorabilia. Posters and schedule cards for all Illini teams are available each week.
Read our Mom Review of Grange Grove here.
Want more advice and taking your little ones to U of I sporting events? Check out Family-Friendly Guide to Illini Sports here.