Illini Football 2024

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Totally agree with the visitor seats. Nearly every other stadium ships them to the upper decks while we give them a prime location to be loud and annoying. Can’t believe it has lasted this long.
And our marching band plays every stanza of the opponents fight song. You can tell by the puzzled look of the visiting fans that they don't know their own song lasts that long.
 
#29      
That’s surprising but very good news. Well done fam!
TRULY surprising to me but indeed super awesome news! It confirms my theory that attendance is generally 1-2 years behind a good season. In other words, the second half of 2023 and the first half of 2024 attendance are the products of wins in 2022 that were in front of smaller crowds than they "should have been." You see this similarly in the fact that our basketball attendance was better in 2007 (#12 seed) and 2008 (most losses in school history! lol) than it was in 2003 (BTT champs) and 2004 (Big Ten champs and Sweet Sixteen). This is because 2005 caused a lagging effect of incredible fan support.

With that said, the rise in attendance has been awesome since Bret's first game here!!

2021 - Illini go 5-7 but score an upset on the road vs. #7 Penn State and are in quite a few games
41,064 vs. Nebraska
33,906 vs. UTSA
37,168 vs. Maryland (Friday night game)
30,559 vs. Charlotte
40,168 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming
36,942 vs. Rutgers
27,624 vs. Northwestern :sick:

2022 - Breakout regular season at 8-4 including multiple weeks in the top 25
37,832 vs. Wyoming
33,669 vs. Virginia
37,579 vs. Chattanooga (Thursday night game)
44,910 vs. Iowa
45,683 vs. Minnesota
56,092 vs. Michigan State :oops:
45,574 vs. Purdue

2023 - Season starts with optimism after 2022 but barely misses a bowl game
48,898 vs. Toledo
49,099 vs. #7 Penn State
53,512 vs. FAU
46,703 vs. Nebraska (Friday night game)
54,205 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming :cool:
53,157 vs. Indiana
42,310 vs. Northwestern

And now season tickets are up?? That is awesome. For some fun comparisons...

Non-Conference Home Opener: From under 38k in 2022 to nearly 49k in 2023
Friday Night Games: From about 37k in 2021 to 46k+ in 2023
Average Big Ten Saturday Home Game: From 38k or so in 2021 to over 53k in 2023
Highest Attendance: From barely breaking 41k in 2021 (very much due to Husker fans traveling, too...) to over 53k three different times in 2023
 
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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
TRULY surprising to me but indeed super awesome news! It confirms my theory that attendance is generally 1-2 years behind a good season. In other words, the second half of 2023 and the first half of 2024 attendance are the products of wins in 2022 that were in front of smaller crowds than they "should have been." You see this similarly in the fact that our basketball attendance was better in 2007 (#12 seed) and 2008 (most losses in school history! lol) than it was in 2003 (BTT champs) and 2004 (Big Ten champs and Sweet Sixteen). This is because 2005 caused a lagging effect of incredible fan support.

With that said, the rise in attendance has been awesome since Bret's first game here!!

2021 - Illini go 5-7 but score an upset on the road vs. #7 Penn State and are in quite a few games
41,064 vs. Nebraska
33,906 vs. UTSA
37,168 vs. Maryland (Friday night game)
30,559 vs. Charlotte
40,168 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming
36,942 vs. Rutgers
27,624 vs. Northwestern :sick:

2022 - Breakout regular season at 8-4 including multiple weeks in the top 25
37,832 vs. Wyoming
33,669 vs. Virginia
37,579 vs. Chattanooga (Thursday night game)
44,910 vs. Iowa
45,683 vs. Minnesota
56,092 vs. Michigan State :oops:
45,574 vs. Purdue

2023 - Season starts with optimism after 2022 but barely misses a bowl game
48,898 vs. Toledo
49,099 vs. #7 Penn State
53,512 vs. FAU
46,703 vs. Nebraska (Friday night game)
54,205 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming :cool:
53,157 vs. Indiana
42,310 vs. Northwestern

And now season tickets are up?? That is awesome. For some fun comparisons...

Non-Conference Home Opener: From under 38k in 2022 to nearly 49k in 2023
Friday Night Games: From about 37k in 2021 to 46k+ in 2023
Average Big Ten Saturday Home Game: From 38k or so in 2021 to over 53k in 2023
Highest Attendance: From barely breaking 41k in 2021 (very much due to Husker fans traveling, too...) to over 53k three different times in 2023
you are the King of all Attendance Data

I know you deal in the digital world, but in an analog world you would have 25 bankers boxes of manilla folders full of data in your basement
 
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DeonThomas

South Carolina
TRULY surprising to me but indeed super awesome news! It confirms my theory that attendance is generally 1-2 years behind a good season. In other words, the second half of 2023 and the first half of 2024 attendance are the products of wins in 2022 that were in front of smaller crowds than they "should have been." You see this similarly in the fact that our basketball attendance was better in 2007 (#12 seed) and 2008 (most losses in school history! lol) than it was in 2003 (BTT champs) and 2004 (Big Ten champs and Sweet Sixteen). This is because 2005 caused a lagging effect of incredible fan support.

With that said, the rise in attendance has been awesome since Bret's first game here!!

2021 - Illini go 5-7 but score an upset on the road vs. #7 Penn State and are in quite a few games
41,064 vs. Nebraska
33,906 vs. UTSA
37,168 vs. Maryland (Friday night game)
30,559 vs. Charlotte
40,168 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming
36,942 vs. Rutgers
27,624 vs. Northwestern :sick:

2022 - Breakout regular season at 8-4 including multiple weeks in the top 25
37,832 vs. Wyoming
33,669 vs. Virginia
37,579 vs. Chattanooga (Thursday night game)
44,910 vs. Iowa
45,683 vs. Minnesota
56,092 vs. Michigan State :oops:
45,574 vs. Purdue

2023 - Season starts with optimism after 2022 but barely misses a bowl game
48,898 vs. Toledo
49,099 vs. #7 Penn State
53,512 vs. FAU
46,703 vs. Nebraska (Friday night game)
54,205 vs. Wisconsin for Homecoming :cool:
53,157 vs. Indiana
42,310 vs. Northwestern

And now season tickets are up?? That is awesome. For some fun comparisons...

Non-Conference Home Opener: From under 38k in 2022 to nearly 49k in 2023
Friday Night Games: From about 37k in 2021 to 46k+ in 2023
Average Big Ten Saturday Home Game: From 38k or so in 2021 to over 53k in 2023
Highest Attendance: From barely breaking 41k in 2021 (very much due to Husker fans traveling, too...) to over 53k three different times in 2023
Excellent data!

And to think that 56,000 Michigan State game could have started a long string of 50,000+ games if not for the disappointing outcome.
 
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And our marching band plays every stanza of the opponents fight song. You can tell by the puzzled look of the visiting fans that they don't know their own song lasts that long.
The band plays the visitor's fight song that long because they need the time. The band only moves for the last like 25% of it, but the color guard and Illinettes are moving the whole time. I doubt they'd willingly play the fight song that long if there was a simple solution to that.
 
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Mt Carmel (IL) Golden Aces Blayne Sisson, an Illini Preferred Walk-on, capped off his historic season by winning the MVP of the Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-Star Football Game last night.
 

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#41      

TentakilRex

Land O Insects between Quincy-Macomb-Jacksonville
I would consider (if possible) bringing trash cans to bang for that Michigan game....

Definitely bring plenty of signs with asterisks on them....
 
#46      

BZuppke

Plainfield
Michigan players will not give 2 sh@ts about a game from 100 years ago. Your 3 TD prediction however is probably correct.
I hope you guys are being just overly pessimistic Illini fans. We almost beat them in Ann Arbor two years ago and the principal players from that team went on to win a national championship and are for the most part gone (along with their coach). So why is it they are going to beat us by three TDs?
 
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lstewart53x3

Scottsdale, Arizona
I hope you guys are being just overly pessimistic Illini fans. We almost beat them in Ann Arbor two years ago and the principal players from that team went on to win a national championship and are for the most part gone (along with their coach). So why is it they are going to beat us by three TDs?
Our recruiting vs Michigan recruiting

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