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Illinois Fighting Illini
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OSU Football Schedule:
Date Opponent Game Time
9/1 Oregon State Win 77-31
9/8 Rutgers Win 52-3
9/15 @ TCU Win 40-28
9/22 Tulane Win 49-6
9/29 @ Penn State Win 27-26
10/6 Indiana Win 49-26
10/13 Minnesota Win 30-14
10/20 @ Purdue Loss 49-20
11/3 Nebraska Win 36-31
11/10 @ Michigan State Win 26-6
10/17 @ Maryland Win 52-51
11/24 scUM 12:00pX
12/1 B1G ChaXpionship
vs. TBA

Buckeyes Win 52-14! Total domination of the worst program in the B1G. On to the greatest rivalry in all of sports.


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Stadium Details

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Big Ten School Review
The co-founders of CletusFest have attended football games at every Big Ten Stadium. Although each school visit includes great memories, we thought it would be helpful for Buckeye fans to know what they were getting themselves into when considering a Big Ten road trip. Our Rating is based on a Five Point Scale (5 being best):

Overall Rating: **

Memorial Stadium
This stadium might have the most impressive architectural design in the Big Ten. With the appearance of the Roman Coliseum, Memorial Stadium has the potential to be an imposing place to play. Like most schools, the fans are up when the team is winning. Otherwise, it is a pretty quiet place.

The Illini fans know their football, and definitely enjoy themselves before and after the game. Although they are not crazy like some schools, it is a nice day of football fun with these folks.

The locals really know how to lay out a spread. Good food, plenty of music, and a generally well represented group of tailgaters. Parking for visitors is located in a huge parking lot, but is a bit of a walk to the stadium.

Nightlife/City Atmosphere
While the football experience is good, the city of Champagne is nothing to write home about. There are a limited number of drinking holes and not a whole lot of choices for food.

View From the Other Side
Cletusfest has polled Illinois Alumni about their city, and here are their thoughts on what you should check out in Champaign:

What are the Top 5 Restaurants?

  1. Silvercreek
  2. Timponi's
  3. Kennedy's
  4. Alexanders
  5. The Ribeye
What Landmarks / Important Things Should a Visitor check out around town or on campus?
  • Alma Mater
  • The University Quad
  • The Undergrad (Underground) Library Student Union and Campus Town
  • Krannert Center for Perfoming Arts
  • Assembly Hall (basketall)
  • Curtis Orchard (apples)

Name the Top Hotels to Stay
  1. Holiday Inn, Hilton (in 2009)
  2. Hawthorne Suites
What is the Best Bar for Alumni?
On Campus- Murphys; Off campus: Rocks (close-by); Downtown Champaign-Guidos

What is the Best Bar for Visiting Fans?
Close to Campus-Jillian's; Downtown Champaign-Guidos

What is the Best Bar for Getting Your Drink On?
On Campus-KAMS and COD's (Frat bars)

What are the best Game Day Traditions?
  • The Illini Marching Band
  • Chief Illiniwek at halftime
Where should a Visitor Park on Game Day?
Visitors tend to park more SE of the Football Stadium in the open lots

Where should a Visitor go to Tailgate?
Visitors also tailgate on the SE end of the Football Stadium in the open lots