Jeremy Werner

Illini season opener postponed

Severe weather postpones Illini game to 1 p.m. Saturday

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois postponed its season-opening football game against Kent State due to inclement weather on Friday night. The game will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The game will not be televised but will stream live at An audio stream will be available at

All tickets for Friday's game will be valid for Saturday but fans must bring their ticket studs to the stadium.

Illinois also will sell prime and sideline tickets for $10 each and tickets in the orange and blue zones for $5 each. Tickets can be purchased on or in person at the Memorial Stadium ticket office, which opens at 9 a.m. UI students with a valid I-Card will be granted complimentary admission to Saturday's game.

All parking is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lots open at 9 a.m. No new vehicles will be allowed to park in the grass lots on Saturday.

Current Illini season ticket holders will be sent two complimentary tickets to the home game vs. Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 26.

Friday was the first weather postponement in Illini football history. Last season's game against Texas State featured the program's first weather delay.

The game was scheduled to kick off at 8:12 p.m. but heavy rain and lightning came into the area about an hour before the game, and the slow-moving storm took hours to get through the area.

Rules require that a game cannot start until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike within eight miles of the stadium. The teams are then given a 25-minute warm-up before the game begins. So the game potentially may not have started until between 11:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., meaning the game wouldn't have ended until 3-4 a.m.

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