Illinois Opens First Five Rows for Northwestern
Fighting Illini Football Tickets Moving Quickly

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has opened the first five rows of seats for the Saturday, Nov. 14 football game against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium. This marks the fourth time during the 2009 season Illinois has opened the first five rows.

The Illinois State game on Sept. 12 attracted the largest home opener crowd since 1995 with 62,347 in attendance. That crowd was less than 500 away from a sellout. The successive home games against Penn State on Oct. 3 and Michigan State on Oct. 10 reached sellout status. The number of tickets sold for the 2009 Northwestern game already eclipses the figure sold for any Illinois-Northwestern clash since 1995.

Very few unobstructed seats remain for the Oct. 31 Fighting Illini home game against Michigan. Once those tickets are sold, Illinois plans to open the first five rows of seats for the fifth time in 2009. Tickets for all remaining Illinois football home games may be purchased at today.