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Illini vs Virginia
Saturday, September 10
*times are approximate and subject to change
12 p.m. Kids Zone Opens
1 p.m. Illini Walk
1 p.m. Live Music Begins in Grange Grove (approximate time)
2:30 p.m. Marching Illini Pregame Performance
3 p.m. Kickoff (watch LIVE on ESPNU from home, if you wish)
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. Grange Grove also features a science experiment station, Game Day Genomics, brought to you by the Illinois Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
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, Maize and more.
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.