PLEASE NOTE: This event has already occurred.
Due to unpredictable spring weather, Illinois Baseball games may be delayed or postponed without notice. Promotions are subject to change at any time. Bark in the Park was originally scheduled for April 7 but changed due to the weather forecast. From the Fighting Illini: Due to Sunday’s weather the forecast, we will be playing a double header on Saturday. That’s a double dog day! First-pitch of game one is set for 1:00 PM.
The Illinois baseball team will host Maryland. Admission to Illinois Baseball games is free and concessions are available for purchase.
Bark in the Park Details
The University of Illinois will host Bark in the Park at Illinois Field on Sunday, April 7 . Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the ballpark for an afternoon of Illinois baseball, as the Fighting Illini host Maryland. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
Dogs must be leashed at all times and be current on their vaccinations with the appropriate paperwork on hand.
Is your dog right for “Bark in the Park”?
Yes! If your dog:
• Is old enough to be around other dogs and people (at least 6 months of age).
• Is up to date on all required vaccinations (appropriate paperwork on hand).
• Is in relatively good health and can walk up and down several flights of stairs.
• Does well on a leash. • Is not overly aggressive toward other dogs.
• Is friendly toward humans and not excessively fearful.
• And most importantly…is a Fighting Illini Fan!
Probably not, if your dog:
• Is still too young to mix with a big crowd (under 6 months).
• Is a senior dog that would have trouble navigating stairs and being outside for an extended period of time.
• Has aggressive tendencies towards other dogs or humans while on a leash (or off).
• Is exhibiting any signs of illness close to the day of the game.
Water will be served community bowl style. If you require a separate drinking container for your dog, please bring one along and we would be more than happy to fill it up with water. Dogs cool themselves down by panting and are not nearly as efficient as us humans. Please keep the comfort and safety of your dog in the fore front of your mind when planning out this fun day at the park.
You are responsible for bringing bags to the ballpark to clean up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
You must sign a waiver stating that your dog’s vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian are current. This waiver holds you (the owner) liable in the event of an incident. We recommend you contact your veterinarian regarding other vaccinations that may suit your dog’s needs. All dogs must be leashed and licensed.
Illinois Athletics reserve the right to deny any dog or human entrance to Illinois Field for the “Bark in the Park” event for any reason they may see fit. Participants are expected to practice responsible pet ownership.
• Rabies – given annually, but sometimes can be a 3 year.
• DHLP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para influenza) – all given annually, sometimes referred to as the Combo Vaccination, especially when it includes Parvo.
• Parvo – given annually, many times this is included in the DHLP and indicated as DHLPP.
• Bordatella – given either every six months or annually. Sometimes referred to as: Kennel Cough OR Tracheobronchitis.