Dads Weekend

2023 Dads Weekend is scheduled for the weekend of November 10-12, 2023. Tickets on sale NOW!

COMING SOON- U of I Basketball game! Check back often and the Illini Dads social media

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

Please note that all Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) tickets will be sold directly by them via the buttons/links below for football and/or basketball.

For other Dads Weekend events, you can conveniently purchase tickets below. Tickets will be sent directly to families electronically so please provide a correct and valid email address.

Below are descriptions of each event and links to purchase tickets.

Friday, November 10, 2023
Hockey: McKendree University vs Illinois - 7pm UI Ice Arena
Men's Basketball: Oakland University vs Illinois -TBA *COMING SOON*

Saturday, November 11, 2023
Pre-Game Meal - 2 Hours before kickoff Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
Football: Indiana vs. Illinois - TBA Memorial Stadium
Hockey: McKendree University vs Illinois - 7pm UI Ice Arena
No Comment A Capella - 7:30pm Foellinger Auditorium

Sunday, November 12, 2023
5K Fun Run - 9am U of I Arboretum
Brunch - 10am Illini Union


Friday - November 10, 2023

McKendree University vs. Illini Hockey - Friday, November 10th

Enjoy a Friday night at the University of Illinois (UI) Ice Arena cheering on the Fighting Illini against McKendree University.

Time: 7pm

Location: UI Ice Arena

Address: 406 E Armory Ave, Champaign, IL 61820

Cost: $15/person

COMING SOON: Oakland University vs. Illini Basketball - Friday, November 10th

Cheer the Fighting Illini this Dads Weekend at the State Farm Center as they battle against Oakland University

Time: TBA

Location: State Farm Center

Address: 1800 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820

Saturday - November 11, 2023

Pre-Game Meal - Starts 2 hours prior to kickoff

Before the big game, enjoy a delicious lunch served by Hickory River with your family

Time: 2 Hours Prior To Kick Off

Location: Activities Recreational Center (ARC), located north of Memorial Stadium

Address: 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

Cost: $25 per person

PLEASE NOTE: No tickets for the Pre-Game Meal can be purchased on site. Must order here on the website to be counted in the purchase order. Thank you for understanding!

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 2023 "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 ticket portal where you can pick and choose your ticket, the quantity and the location.

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

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 under the Digital Passes heading in your Order Confirmation. While there will be NO refunds, you can sell and/or transfer your tickets electronically using the Fighting Illini app. For more gameday information, please visit the ticket link.

McKendree University vs. Illini Hockey - Saturday, November 11th

Cheer on the Fighting Illini as they go back to back against McKendree University.

Time: 7pm

Location: UI Ice Arena

Address: 406 E Armory Ave, Champaign, IL 61820

Cost: $15/person

A Capella Concert - Saturday, November 11

If you're Pitch Perfect or music fan, come and enjoy a Saturday night concert with nationally ranked a capella group, No Comment!

Time: 7pm

Location: Foellinger Auditorium, located at the south end of the Main Quad

Address: 709 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Cost: $15/person

Sunday - November 12, 2023

Illini Dads 5K

Enjoy a Sunday run at our annual student/dad or solo 5K fun run set at the Illinois Cross Country Team official venue through the beautiful U of I Arboretum in south campus.

All are welcome. Join others to compete or fun run 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 9am with onsite registration starting at 7:30am

Location: U of I Arboretum

Address: 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

To see the U of I Arboretum website, please click here.

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


Our Dedicated 2023 5K Sponsors (More Forthcoming)

Illini Dads Sunday Brunch

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

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Illini Rooms A,B,C - Illini Union

Address: 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

Cost: $25 per person

PLEASE NOTE: MUST ORDER IN ADVANCE; not available for door purchase