The Evergreen Park Mustang Marching Band will perform with the Marching Illini and over a dozen other Illinois high schools at halftime for the U of I football game on Saturday, September 14th at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. With close to 1000 marchers on the field, it should be quite a spectacle! The performance itinerary will be posted next week, but here is the link to purchase discounted tickets for the game.
You will be given the option to purchase a discounted parking pass as well when you order. Enjoy some Big 10 football and support our Mustangs!
PLEASE NOTE: If you are riding the bus with the students, you still need to purchase a ticket to the game. Chaperoning on the bus saves you steps (because you’ll be parked closer to the action) and the cost of the parking pass.
The link below has lots of information about game day at Illinois, including parking maps, seating charts, permissible items, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Memorial Stadium does have a clear bag policy. If you are carrying something other than a clear bag, you will need to check it outside the stadium. Your best bet is to travel light! Also, you’ll find very little shade, so sunscreen and hats are helpful!
8:30 a.m. Illini Drumline performs at the gate at Grange Grove (see map)
8:45 a.m. Full Marching Illini performs pre-game concert at Grange Grove
10:15 a.m. All high school bands parade with the Marching Illini from the Armory to Memorial Stadium (map attached below). Parade begins in the Armory and moves west on Gregory, turns south on 4th Street, and then west on Kirby to the South Tunnel of Memorial Stadium. Parents are free to pick a place to stand and watch, to walk along the sidewalk as the bands parade, or to skip the parade altogether and go find your seats in the stadium.
11:00 a.m. Kickoff after the Marching Illini’s pregame show
Halftime: High School Band Day performance
After the game: Immediately following the game, if you’re not riding the bus and haven’t had enough yet, the Marching Illini parades to the stairs of the Education building for a post-game concert. You can follow the band as they parade out of the stadium.
The game day performance itinerary is packed and the same for EVERY home game. We hope you’ll find it to be a pretty cool environment to be part of! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Kazin’s for more information.
Here is a map with the pregame parade route highlighted. (Sorry the printing is a little sloppy!)