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New weekly drive thru food service established at State Farm Center

From the press release:

Spectra, Illinois Athletics, and State Farm Center Announce New Weekly Drive Thru Food Service

Champaign, Ill. – The State Farm Center and Spectra, the official food service provider of Illinois Athletics, have announced a new weekly drive thru food service option in Champaign.  The unique offering has been developed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts and will help raise funds for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.  Each week Illini fans and community members will have the opportunity to place advance orders of a variety of “game day favorite” menu options, select bulk food items at wholesale prices, and make donations to the Relief Fund.  Orders will be available for pick-up each week on Thursday afternoons between 3 and 6 p.m. via a convenient drive thru process in the east circle drive of State Farm Center.  Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon for Thursday pick-up.

“We put together this ‘drive thru’ program to allow Illini fans and Champaign area residents to enjoy the quality ‘game day’ food they have come to expect and enjoy from Spectra at all Fighting Illini sporting events as we wait for those events to return,” District General Manager for Spectra Food Services & Hospitality at University of Illinois John Hopple said.  “Additionally, we want to do our part to support our peers in the hospitality industry, many of which have been disproportionally impacted by recent events.  We stand with those who have had to close businesses or who have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs. We hope Illini fans will join us in supporting this cause and help make a small difference for those who it need it the most in this uncertain and difficult time.”

Anyone interested in placing an order can visit for instructions on how to view the menu each week, browse the available wholesale bulk items and donate.  Questions regarding the ordering process or suggestions for menu and/or bulk items can be sent to Bryce Hamilton at [email protected]

Top image by Anna Longworth.

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