Dads Weekend

2019 Dads Weekend November 1-3

Join your student(s) for a beautiful Fall weekend in Champaign-Urbana for a what is always a fantastic weekend full of fun events, including our inaugural IlliniDads 5K on Sunday morning. We have something for everyone, and everyone in your family is invited.

All profits from ticket sales support Illini Dads Association projects, including scholarships and grants for U of I students. Thank you for your support!

Ticket Refunds

The Illini Dads Association does not process refunds. All sales are final. If you are looking to sell your ticket you can do so by selling them via the Dads Weekend Ticket Exchange Facebook page HERE:.

Buy Dads Weekend Merchandise!

Pre-Order Your Dads Weekend Merchandise today!

Order your commemorative shirt between now and October 13th so that the merchandise arrives before the weekend.


Weekend Events

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Illini Men’s Basketball Game vs. Lewis University

Enjoy a night at the State Farm Center cheering on the Fighting Illini to kickoff Dads Weekend!

  • State Farm Center
    • Discounted Ticket Price: $15 per ticket
    • Time: 7:00 pm


Illini Men’s Hockey vs. Maryville University

Get to the UI Ice Arena and watch the 2019 11th ranked Illini breakaway to another victory as they march to D1 status!

  • UI Ice Arena
    • Dads Weekend Price: $10
    • Time: 7 pm


Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Pre-Game BBQ

Nothing says college football like the smell of fresh BBQ! Get your tickets today to the Dads Weekend Pre-Game BBQ inside the Large Gym at the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center next door to Memorial Stadium), before heading to the Illini Men’s Football game.

This is an annual tradition that SELLS OUT every year! Everyone needs a ticket to enter BBQ. The menu for this event will be a traditional BBQ meal, whatever the start time may be.

Even if your student purchased season tickets, you will still need to purchase an additional ticket in order to sit together in the designated Dads Association Section.

Food will no longer be served after the opening Kick-Off of the game.

  • $23 per person
  • Large Gym at the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center), 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign
  • BBQ Starts 2 hours prior to kickoff


Illini Football Game vs. Rutgers

Cheer on the men’s Fighting Illini football team as they compete on Dads Weekend! You will also get to see the crowing of the new King Dad on the Memorial Stadium field.

  • Memorial Stadium
  • Football Ticket in Dads Section: $45 per ticket
  • Pre-Game BBQ: $23 per ticket
  • Combo Pack BBQ +Football Ticket in Dads Section $65 per Combo Pack
  • Time TBD


The Illini Dad's Association and No Comment A Cappella present: A Tribute to Dad

End your Saturday with an evening concert featuring the award winning Illini student a cappella group No Comment and the amazing Girls Next Door. As always there will be a surprise guest act to make this a special Dads Weekend concert extravaganza.

  • Follinger Hall
  • $10 per ticket
  • General Admission seating
  • Show starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Inaugural IlliniDads 5K Fun run

Start your Sunday morning with a beautiful run through the oasis of natural beauty at the University of Illinois Arboretum. This inaugural event is sure to sellout, so reserve your spot now.

  • University of Illinois Arboretum (South Lincoln & Florida Avenues)
  • Price: $35 per participant, includes a commemorative t-shirt
  • Registration starts at 7:00 am
  • Run Start Time: 8:30 am


Illini Dad’s Sunday Brunch

Finally, nothing says you had a great weekend like a relaxed, delicious brunch with your family and friends.

  • Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana
  • $20 per person
  • 10:00 am - 12 pm


Additional Information

  • Dads Pre-Game BBQ and football game tickets need to be purchased for every guest, including U of I students. Student or other regular season ticket holders may not use their regular season ticket to sit in the special Dads Weekend section.

  • Parking on weekends is free in many of the parking garages and employee parking lots on campus. Two of the garages closest to the Illini Union are on the corners of Fifth and Daniel and John and Sixth Streets, both in Champaign, no more than two blocks west of the Illini Union. Please see our campus parking map for more information or the University's Parking Department website.

  • For Saturday’s game day parking information, visit the Parking Department by clicking here. Parking is severely restricted and roads around the ARC are closed on game days. For parking on Friday or Sunday around the Illini Union, parking is free in most university lots (please make sure to read parking signs, as some lots/spaces are enforced 24 hours/7 days a week.) Visit the parking website to see parking maps near the Union.

Ticket Pick-Up Details


Tickets for ALL events must be picked up in person (students picking up tickets must show their i-Card) at the following venues:

Wednesday, October 30

  • 10am-2pm Illini Union Room 213

Thursday, October 31

  • 10am-2pm Illini Union Room 213

Friday November 1

  • 10am-2pm Illini Union Room 213

  • 3-8pm Illini Union South Lounge

Saturday, November 2

Tickets can be picked up at the Pre-Game BBQ in the ARC. Tickets will be held until the beginning of half-time of the football game. Must show ID.