State Farm Center to offer kosher dogs

Illini Chabad, a center for Jewish life, announced it will be serving kosher options at sporting events through its new partnership with Illinois Athletics and the State Farm Center.

The Chabad began by providing kosher options at University dining halls and the Illini Union, said Dovid Tiechtel, chapter advisor for Illini Chabad and religious worker at the Office of Dean of Students. Now, kosher options will be available at sporting events as well.

Kosher hot dogs will be sold at every weekday men’s basketball game as well as some women’s games. They will also be sold at the Illinois versus Wisconsin football game on Oct. 19.

John Rinkenberger, assistant director for hospitality management at the State Farm Center, said the kosher products will be sold at a separate kosher stand at men’s basketball games. The full menu for the stand is still being finalized, but kosher candy and popcorn may be added to the menu.

Rinkenberger said the University of Kansas is the only other university in the nation, that he is aware of, that provides kosher food at sporting events. Illinois is hoping to serve as a leader in this movement, Tiechtel added that he hopes other schools will start doing it as well.

Stan Dayan, sophomore in AHS and a board member on the Illini Chabad, said, “It’s important because there are a lot of Jews on campus. If we’re at basketball games, we do get hungry, and it’s important kosher foods are available.”