Illinois set for two primetime games on BTN

Illinois set for two primetime games on BTN

Illinois will play at least two football games in the 2013 season under the lights on BTN.

The league’s television network will carry the Illini’s game against Washington at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Soldier Field, along with 7 p.m. the home game against Wisconsin on Oct. 19.

It marks the third straight year Illinois will have a night game at Memorial Stadium after Louisiana Tech (2012) and Arizona State (2011) visited Champaign.

No other start times or what television network will carry Illinois football games for the 2013 season have been announced yet.

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jjohnson wrote on May 06, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I guess since television pays the bills, like the piper, it calls the tune, time. For those with several hour drives after the game, the night games stink!

TheChiefLives wrote on May 07, 2013 at 9:05 pm

So sorry fer ya'.  Night games have the best environment and the best attendance.  I'm pretty sure the numbers don't lie.  Partake in the festivites, which are far superior to early games, and stay in a hotel if you're worried about the drive.  

eastsideexp wrote on May 08, 2013 at 6:05 am

Like the atmoshere of a night game, but please don't get me started on the ransom extracted by the local hotels...

Double to almost triple the normal room rate - and there is a two night minimum.  So a night game (or the 11:00 AM kickoffs) may add $550 - $650 just for lodging to the cost of attending a game if you stay in Champaign-Urbana.  (We have been staying in Bloomington-Normal on a Friday night instead for the 11:00 AM kickoffs - standard rates for a single night.)

Speaking of "the CU squeeze" -- adding the $20 parking charge for any spot closer than Mahomet to Memorial Stadium was the last straw.  Did not renew our season tickets this year...