Student Season Ticket Sales Surpass 7,000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois ticket office officials announced Wednesday that over 7,000 student season tickets have been sold for the 2008 football season, just one week after sales topped the 6,000-ticket mark.

Season tickets for students will be capped at 10,000 this season, meaning over 70 percent of the tickets have been sold with less than nine weeks remaining until the Sept. 6 home opener against Eastern Illinois.

Tickets for the 2008 season have been selling rapidly as indicated by the announcement that overall season ticket sales have surpassed 40,000 coming earlier this week. In addition, the DIA announced in early June that the Block I student section was sold out for the season. One month earlier, the Horseshoe section in the south end sold out in 45 minutes.

Student season tickets remain on sale for the special "Red Zone" price of $77, named for Illini Pro and College Hall of Famer Harold "Red" Grange. They are expected to sell out soon after students return to campus.

"This has been a very exciting week with the announcements of 7,000 student season tickets and 40,000 total season tickets already sold," said Assistant Athletic Director for Sales and Marketing Chris Hanna. "It's clear that Coach Zook and the football team have created one of the state's hottest tickets. Fans should get their season tickets now, as we anticipate single-game tickets to move rapidly when they go on sale on July 22."

The 2008 home schedule includes six games and begins with the Illinois Renaissance Celebration set for Sept. 6 vs. Eastern Illinois. The home opener will feature appearances by members of the Top 10 Greatest Fighting Illini football players at each position. The remaining five games include Sept. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette; Oct. 11 Minnesota (Homecoming); Oct. 18 Indiana (Foundation Day); Nov. 1 Iowa (Dad's Day); Nov. 15 Ohio State (Senior Day).

Orders for sideline tickets also are being accepted. They can be placed online at, by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1 or by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office at the Assembly Hall.

Information provided by the U of I SID

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