"As we approach the sellout point for the Wisconsin game, we're making the first five rows on both sidelines available to satisfy the increasing demand for Fighting Illini football tickets," said Jason Heggemeyer, Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations. "The response we've gotten from Illini fans has been incredible this year."
Seats in the first five rows are generally covered as they are considered obstructed view seats. The football teams' sideline presence causes a viewing obstruction for fans in these locations. The obstructed view seat price for the first five rows is $32, a price reduction off the standard $50 sideline price.
There are only 1,500 seats available in these rows. Once these tickets have sold, the Wisconsin game will officially be declared a sellout. Tickets for the Penn State game on Sept. 29 also are in dwindling supply.
"Opening these additional rows of seats is just another indication that people in this community and across the state of Illinois are excited about the job that Coach Zook is doing," said Chris Hanna, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales. "They're embracing our student-athletes and fans are helping to take our program to another level."