We’ve provided our tailgating services at the University of Illinois football games for three years now (going on four years this fall)! Here are some fun things we’ve learned about the school along the way:

INTERESTING FACTS:

*Illinois was founded in 1867, and is the second oldest public school in the state, behind Illinois State University which was founded in 1857.

*In 1895, the University of Illinois, along with Purdue, Northwestern, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota, gathered to create policies to monitor college athletics programs. This group wound up creating what is now known as the Big-10 conference, one of the NCAA’s most competitive conferences for sports every year!

*The founders of YouTube, Steven Chen and Jawed Karim, are both Illinois alumnus – I wonder if Illinois students get free YouTube premium. 😉

*Here’s a list of some of the products that were developed by Illinois chemical engineering graduates:

  • Pantene
  • Smirnoff Ice
  • Wrigley Gum
  • Cottonelle
  • Kleenex
  • Budweiser
  • Cheerios (what would the world do without Cheerios!?)
  • Cascade

*The University of Illinois has the second largest collection of books among American university libraries with over 22 MILLION items!

*Back in 1868, the tuition was $15 DOLLARS! Can we go back to that?

*The University of Illinois has appeared in movies including: With Honors (film location), Risky Business (such a classic!), Blues Brothers, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Kicking and Screaming.

 

How cool is all of that? If you know of any other interesting facts about the University of Illinois, please let us know so we can add it to this list. 😊

Tailgate On!
Team Tailgaters

P.S.

If you’re traveling to Champaign-Urbana, or just don’t want to deal with the hassles of tailgating, our tailgate service can handle everything for you! From the equipment set-up and take-down, to coordinating delivery of catering, beverages and more. Be sure to check out all our University of Illinois tailgate packages. See a picture below of some of our awesome clients from 2019 🙂

University of Illinois Fans Tailgating

If you’re in need of some game tickets, check out UofI Athletics Ticket Site!