Memorial Stadium is not only home to the Fighting Illini football team, but also to exquisite event space overlooking Zuppke Field. Never before has Central Illinois had an opportunity to entertain like this! Whether you are hosting an important business meeting, annual event, or an unforgettable wedding reception, Memorial Stadium is your premier venue for entertainment. If you are looking to make an everlasting impression on your guests, consider holding your next event at historical Memorial Stadium.
The Colonnades Club, located on the third level of the stadium’s west side, stretches end zone to end zone and encompasses over 15,000 square feet. Sit-down dinners and receptions for 50 to 500 people will be ideal for this vast space. On Illini game days, this club is home to over 1,100 outdoor club seat holders. During events, the Colonnades Club’s vaulted ceilings and access to the WWI Memorial Columns make this space absolutely magical.
The sixth level of Memorial Stadium is home of the magnificent 77 Club, which honors Illini great, the “Galloping Ghost” Red Grange. This 5,000 square foot space is located midfield and features an outdoor patio area overlooking the city of Champaign. This club offers an upscale lounge for indoor club seat holders on Illini football game days and transforms to a wonderful event space that towers over the home field of the Orange and Blue. Meetings, rehearsal dinners, and receptions for 25 to 150 people make the 77 Club the perfect place to incorporate a little bit of Illinois history into your special event.
For a smaller event, the Illinois Suite on the stadium's top level and south end might be your answer! Looking over Assembly Hall, this luxurious room is used by the University Administration on Fighting Illini Football gamedays, but can be all yours for your next client entertainment event, birthday party, or retirement celebration. This area can seat 10 to 50 people at rounds, or is perfect for receptions of 20-100.
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Memorial Stadium Rental Rates include:
- 72" round tables optimal for seating up to 10 people per table
- Solid oak dance floor for an area of up to 400 square feet
- Height adjustable carpeted stage for an area of up to 256 square feet
- On-site Memorial Stadium event consultant
- Electrical hookups
- Background music and use of a microphone and podium
- Access to televisions to present DVDs, Power Point presentations, or digital signage (some spaces only have looping capability)
- Decorative white linens and colored linen napkins are provided with room rental and catering order
- Floral arrangements included in your cost of catering with room rental and catering order
- Free parking on nights and weekends with a 200-space lot Northwest of facility
- Custodial service one hour prior to the event and one hour after the event
Banquets * Galas * Small or large meetings * Formals * Themed events * Awards ceremonies * Luncheons * Wedding Receptions * Rehearsal Dinners * Private Parties * Pre-game events
Memorial Stadium's First Bridal Show - A Success!
Over 150 brides, family, and
friends came up to the Colonnades Club on Sunday, October 21st to experience
Memorial Stadium's first Bridal Show. Complete with desserts from various
vendors, a fashion show, and a grand prize, soon-to-be brides were able to
receive a first-hand look at Central Illinois' premier weddding reception venue.
Moms Out at Memorial Stadium Brunch- Information coming Early 2014!
Be on the lookout for information about our 3rd Annual MOMS Brunch!
Memorial Stadium Events in the News:
"Shedding for the Wedding" Reality Show Featured Memorial Stadium Couple
A couple that recently celebrated their wedding reception at Memorial Stadium appeared on the CW's recent reality show. Click Here to find out more about the show.
To Do's of 2011
Memorial Stadium Events was featured in the New Gazette as one of the top 10 things to do this year. Click Here for the article.
Memorial Stadium Events Featured in John Supinie Article
The event spaces now available at Memorial Stadium following the recent renovations are beginning to book up regularly with meetings, banquets, and weddings. Weddings being held at the stadium was the subject of a recent article that appeared in several newspapers. To view the article click here.
Memorial Stadium Events Featured in the News-Gazette
The Hubbs-Tiarks Wedding Reception that was held this summer in Memorial Stadium's Colonnades Club was the subject of a feature in the Sunday Living section of the News-Gazette. To view the article click here.
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