Illinois Announces 2004 Football Schedule

Ron Turner and the Fighting Illini football team have announced their official schedule for the 2004 football season. The schedule is highlighted with seven home games, including starting the season with four straight. <br><br> Among the teams that will travel to Champaign this year are Iowa, Michigan, Purdue, and UCLA.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a completed 2004 Fighting Illini Football schedule, featuring seven home contests for the first time in school history.

The Illini open the season with the Florida A&M Rattlers, the first of four straight games at Memorial Stadium, followed by UCLA, Western Michigan and the squad's first Big Ten contest against the Purdue Boilermakers. The remaining three home conference dates include Michigan, Iowa on and Indiana. Eight of Illinois' opponents went to bowl games a year ago, seven from the league schedule alone.

The 2004 schedule also showcases a number of popular promotional dates. The 94th Annual Homecoming game is scheduled for Oct. 30 against the Iowa Hawkeyes, followed by Dad's Day and Sousa Sesquicentennial festivities on Nov. 6 as the Illini take on Indiana. Back for the third straight season is Boy Scout Day, which brings over 8,000 scouts from six different states to Memorial Stadium for the Sept. 18 game vs. Western Michigan. The Marching Illini expect the return of over 40 high school bands for the 34th Annual Band Day during that same date.

Season ticket renewals for 2004 will begin on Monday, March 8 with a deadline of April 30. Season tickets for the general public cost just $208 for seven home games, $166 for University faculty and staff and $77 for Illinois students. Single-game tickets will open on June 2.

All games times are to be announced pending television scheduling. Some games times during the Big Ten season could be scheduled as late as six days prior to the event.

Sept. 4 Florida A & M
Sept. 11 UCLA
Sept. 18 Western Michigan (Band Day/Boy Scout Day)
Sept. 25 Purdue (Salute to Agriculture)
Oct. 2 at Wisconsin
Oct. 9 at Michigan State
Oct. 16 Michigan (Foundation Day)
Oct. 23 at Minnesota
Oct. 30 Iowa (Homecoming)
Nov. 6 Indiana (Dad's Day)
Nov. 20 at Northwestern

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