Best Kept Secret: Volleyball and Women’s Basketball Combo Season Tickets


We’re here to let you in on a little secret.

The top budget-friendly entertainment in Champaign-Urbana this fall and winter has to be the volleyball/women’s basketball season ticket combo, now on sale at fightingillini.com.

For $80, season ticket holders get general admission access to 26 home court games, give or take a few; the women’s basketball full schedule has yet to be released as of this writing.

I’m not great at math, but that’s about $3 per game. And you never have to wait in line at the ticket counter or fumble for your password.

That’s a deep discount for volleyball, where tickets are $10 per match for adults and $5 for kids (season tickets are one price). And still a good deal for women’s basketball, where general admission is typically $5.

Regardless of how you buy your tickets, it’s no secret that Illini volleyball and Illini women’s basketball games offer family-friendly entertainment at an incredible value.

The student athletes are focused, committed and spirited. And accessible – they enjoy seeing the crowd energized and cheering.

With volleyball season just about to set forth, we’re not quite sure just how long this amazing deal will last. Opening night seems slightly delayed this year as the Illini netters won’t hit the court in Champaign until late September at the start of the Big Ten conference season.

Our family has long been women’s sports super fans, and that goes across the board. (Note: all other women’s sports are not ticketed, and admission is free.)

As for volleyball, some folks say it is harder to win a Big Ten volleyball championship than it is to win the national championship – the league is just that deep with legacy and talent and tradition. Case in point: Wisconsin won the NCAA title thanks to a come-from-behind, five-set thriller over Nebraska.

Specifically for basketball the action on the court features fabulous athletes and terrific competition. The Big Ten is experiencing a golden era of women’s basketball, with six teams getting into the NCAA tournament last March.

We’re energized by first-year Illini women’s basketball head coach Shauna Green and the fresh perspective she brings to the program.

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Women’s basketball has a more relaxed atmosphere at State Farm Center than a typical men’s game, but still maintains that Illini feel. The band plays all the traditional favourites, the flags run around the building, and there’s plenty of funny stuff up on the scoreboard.

If you drive, parking to these games is typically free. For volleyball, we recommend planning ahead as parking around Huff Gym can be a bit more tricky than State Farm Center.

Here’s one thing we can’t control: your children asking for plenty of snacks. Be sure to budget in some Dippin’ Dots.

(Full disclosure: we have long enjoyed a great partnership with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, but this opinion is ours and ours alone.)

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