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.

ARC Pool 

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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