Athletics facilities allow Illinois to establish winning culture on campus

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Cameron Krasucki

The new Demirjian Park stands at 606 St Marys Road in Champaign April 24. Illinois athletic facilities spark a winning culture on campus.

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor

When I first arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 2019, I was unsure of many things: I didn’t know how to find my way around, I knew only a few other people who were in the same college as I was and I didn’t really know much about the different athletic facilities.

The last issue may be the least serious, but as a lifelong sports junkie, this was a pressing problem in dire need of being solved. After little guidance and information about the sports department prior to attending Illinois, I realize now how little information there is about attending non-revenue sports — all sports that are not football or basketball.

Here is a list of the athletics facilities used by all 19 Illinois Division I sports, all of which can be attended by students.

Note: COVID-19 restrictions and reduced capacity may be in place in the fall. Find updated information on the Fighting Illini Athletics website, fightingillini.com.

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201 E. Peabody Drive

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: swimming and diving

Atkins Golf Club 

2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd.

Urbana, Illinois 61802

Sports: men’s and women’s golf

Notable 2021 postseason achievements: Men’s team won Big Ten Championship for sixth straight season; men’s team advanced to 13th consecutive NCAA Championship (placed fifth).

Atkins Tennis Center/Khan Outdoor Complex 

1751 S. Goodwin Ave.

Urbana, Illinois 61801

Sports: men’s and women’s tennis

Notable 2021 postseason achievements: Men’s team won first Big Ten Championship since 2015; men’s team advanced to Sweet 16 in NCAA tournament.

Demirjian Park

606 Saint Marys Road

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field

Notable 2021 postseason achievements: New facility opened April; men’s track & field team won 4x4oo-meter, high jump, long jump and 1500-meter events at Big Ten Outdoor Championships; women’s track & field team won 1500-meter event at Big Ten Outdoor Championships, which were hosted by Illinois for the first time since 2008.

Eichelberger Field 

1202 W. Florida Ave.

Urbana, Illinois 61801

Sports: softball

Huff Hall

1206 S. Fourth St.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: volleyball, men’s and women’s gymnastics

Notable 2021 postseason achievements: Michael Fletcher (men’s gymnastics) won Big Ten vault title; Ian Skirkey (men’s gymnastics) won NCAA pommel horse title.

Illinois Field 

601 E. Kirby Ave.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: baseball

Memorial Stadium (football)

1402 S. First St.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: football

State Farm Center 

1800 S. First St.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling

Notable 2021 postseason achievements: men’s basketball team won Big Ten tournament title for first time since 2005; men’s basketball team earned berth in NCAA tournament for first time since 2013 and earned first No. 1 seed since 2005.

UI Armory

505 E. Armory Ave.

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Sports: men’s and women’s indoor track & field

 

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