Champaign, Ill. — The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a full slate of marketing promotions for Illinois baseball home games at Illinois Field in 2018.
The tenth-annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue, the premier promotion for Fighting Illini baseball, will be held Friday, May 4, when Illinois hosts Ohio State at 6 p.m. at Illinois Field. The event has been a staple on the Illini schedule, as the previous nine editions have drawn average crowds over 3,000 to Illinois Field, including an all-time high of 5,214 in 2009. This year’s event will feature free BBQ for the first 500 fans, (courtesy of Hickory River) and family friendly activities. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
A new promotion for this season is 9 Innings of Winning Night, which will take place on Friday, May 18, when Illinois hosts Nebraska at 6 p.m. One or more prizes will be raffled off each inning. Prizes include a portable speaker, tickets to the 2018 Illinois football home opener, and Illinois baseball memorabilia. A definite list of prizes will be released at the beginning of May.
For the seventh year in a row, the Fighting Illini will wear special commemorative jerseys as part of Honor and Serve Day at Illinois Field. The event, which is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America’s military heroes along with serving the Champaign-Urbana community, will be held on Saturday, April 21, when Illinois hosts Grand Canyon at 3 p.m. Full details and this year’s commemorative jerseys will be unveiled at a later date.
The second annual Bark in the Park is a chance for fans to bring their dogs to the field for an afternoon of furry promotions. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 22, when the Illini host Grand Canyon at 11 a.m. More details and registration will become available soon.
» Opening Day (March 13)
» Big Ten Opener (March 30)
» Bunny at the Ballpark (March 31, April 1)
» Super Hero Day (April 15)
» Alumnite (April 20)
» Honor and Serve (April 21)
» Bark in the Park (April 22)
» Bleacher Bum BBQ (May 4)
» Hail to the Orange Day (May 5)
» Little League Day (May 5)
» Spring Cleaning Night (May 17)
» 9 Innings of Winning (May 18)
The following concession deals also will be offered throughout the season:
» Thirsty Tuesday (half-priced drinks at every Tuesday game)
» Family Fridays (hot dog, chips and a drink for $6 at every Friday game)
» Nacho Deal ($2 nachos at every Sunday game)
Baseball cards will be given away at the four Big Ten series, and the players featured on each card set will sign autographs postgame on March 30, April 13, May 4, and May 18. Complete details on each event can be found on the Illinois Marketing and Promotions Schedule.
Kids are able to celebrate their birthday at any home game this season. The party deal includes:
» Personalized cupcakes
» Hot dogs
» Illini prizes
» Birthday card signed by the team
» Birthday message announced at the game
Book your Illinois baseball party here!
All games will be held at Illinois Field. Game dates, times, and promotions are subject to change