Dads Weekend

2023 Dads Weekend is scheduled for the weekend of November 10-12, 2023

Please know that this weekend is determined by the DIA and the University in advance. To see future tentative dates, please click here.

All proceeds from ticket sales support Illini Dads Association projects, including scholarships and grants for U of I students. Thank you for your support! We are pleased to announce the 2023 Dads Weekend Tickets are now available.

In addition, we are going 100% digital, so there will no longer need to be a physical pick up of tickets.

Please note, sports related tickets and Dad weekend related tickets will be sold separately moving forward. We will provide ticket links below.

Friday, November 10, 2023
Hockey vs. TBD - 7pm
Women's Basketball Game vs. TBD - 7pm

Saturday, November 11, 2022
Pre-Game Meal - 2 Hours before kickoff
Indiana vs. Illinois - TBA
Hockey vs. TBD - 7pm
No Comment Acapella - 7:30 pm Foellinger Auditorium

Sunday, November 12, 2023
5K Fun Run - 9:00 am - Illini Arboretum
Brunch - 10:00 am - Illini Union
Women's Volleyball Game - 1:00 pm Huff Gym

Friday - November 10, 2023

Illini Hockey vs. TBD - Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th

Enjoy a Friday night at the University of Illinois Ice Arena cheering on the Fighting Illini against TBD.

Time: 7 CST
Location: Illini Ice Arena

Illini Women's Basketball Game - Friday, November 10th

Celebrate history and support new head coach Shauna Green as she takes the court in her first games as the new head coach of the women's team. The Illini take on Quincy in an exhibition game at the State Farm Center

Location: State Farm Center


Saturday - November 11, 2023

Indiana vs. Illinois Football Game

Illinois Football, being led by 3rd year head coach Bret Bielema, will take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. During the game, the Illini Dads Association will be announcing the 2022 "King Dad" winner. It will be a great time, so enjoy the day by bringing your family to be a part of it.

This link will take you directly to the UIUC Division of Intercollegiate Athletics' (DIA) ticket portal where you can pick and choose your ticket, the quantity and the location. There will be two ticket levels and no purchasing limits.

Time: TBD

Costs: $55 to $75 per person

If your Illinois student wants to sit with you, you will need to buy a ticket. Parents are not allowed to sit in the North End Zone in the student center.

Please know that premeal tickets and other event tickets will be sold separately with a different link.

In addition, tickets will be sent digitally to you. While there will be NO refunds, you can sell and/or transfer your tickets electronically using the Illinois app. More details are available on the ticket site.

Saturday - November 11, 2023

Pre-Game Meal - Starts 2 hours prior to kickoff

Enjoy a lunch served by Hickory River with your family and pick up and buy tickets for all the weekend festivities right before the football game. We will be located inside the Activities Recreational Center or ARC, located north of Memorial Stadium at 201 East Peabody Drive.

Time: 2 Hours Prior To Kick Off

Costs: $25 per person

Due to Football Tickets being sold separately, we will not be able to offer a combination food/FB ticket option moving forward.


Saturday - November 11, 2023

A Cappella Concert: A Tribute to Dad, featuring the nationally ranked "No Comment" Acappella

Enjoy an evening listening to University of Illinois "No Comment" Acappella, a student acappella group, who will sing and entertain you and your family through their award winning singing and performing abilities.

  • Costs: $15 per person
    • Location: Foellinger Auditorium located on the Quad
      • Doors Open at 7:00pm; Event starts at 7:30pm


Sunday - November 12, 2023

Illini Dads 5K

Enjoy a Sunday run with your family at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Arboretum, 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

Enjoy our annual student/dad or solo 5K fun run set at the Illinois Cross Country Team official venue through the beautiful UofI Arboretum in south campus. All are welcome. Join others to compete or leisurely complete the 5K and earn your medal at the finish line. Every registrant will receive a commemorative shirt and all participants get water and snacks upon completion.

Time: Start time is 9:00 am with onsite registration starting at 7:30 am

Costs: $30 per runner in advance; $30 at the door


Our Dedicated 2022 5K Sponsors

Sunday - November 12, 2023

Illini Dads Sunday Brunch

End your Illini Dads Weekend in style by enjoying a buffet style brunch for your family at the south hall of the Illini Union.

Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Illini Rooms A,B,C - Illini Union
Tickets: $25 per person


Sunday - November 12, 2023

Illini Women's VB Game - Sunday, November 6

Enjoy the ranked Illini Women's Volleyball team take on ranked Minnesota at Huff Hall!
Time: 1pm
Location: Huff Hall

PLEASE NOTE: Only 250 tickets available for purcahse.