Dads Weekend 2013: September 27 - 29


Dads Weekend is September 27 - 29, 2013!
There is not a singular "registration" for Dads Weekend. Instead, families can choose to attend whichever events across campus they like. There are many different events and programs planned by different groups and units across campus. Some events, such as the Dads Sunday Brunch and Pre-Game BBQ, require advance ticket purchase.

Ticket sales through the Dads Association are now closed. You may still purchase individual tickets to the football game and volleyball match by visiting the Illini Ticket Office. Please note that if you have already purchased football tickets through the Dads Association, tickets purchased through the Illini Ticket Office will not be in the same sections. There are also a limited number of American English tickets on sale at the Quad Shop in the Illini Union.

Building Tours are now being offered as a part of Dads Weekend. Most tours do not require any type of pre-registration. For complete information on what buildings will be open for tours, as well as the days and times of each, make sure to visit the Tours page.

If you have tickets you are looking to sell/buy, you can visit our Message Board.

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Check this page out before calling... it likely can answer 90% of your questions!

  • Dads Weekend 2013 Calendar - Click here to see what events are happening during September 27 - 29, 2013. Campus, student, and community organizations can also click here to add events by clicking on the right plus sign in the upper right corner of the page!

    Below is the list of key events hosted by the Dads Association.


Friday September 27, 2013

Welcome Reception

Illini Rooms ABC and South Lounge, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Free admission

Dads Association awards and King Dad winner will be announced!

Come start your weekend with light refreshments and see the Awards presentation

Pickup your reserved event tickets or stop by the Information Table

*To facilitate ticket distribution, we highly recommend all weekend event tickets be picked up at this reception or prior during one of the Ticket Distribution opportunities.

Friday September 27, 2013

Volleyball vs Iowa

State Farm Center, 7:00 p.m.

$4.00 per ticket

Saturday September 28, 2013


Dads Pre-Game BBQ and Football Game vs. Miami University of Ohio

Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC), 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign (217) 333-3806

(note: do NOT call the ARC to order tickets; ALL tickets are purchased through Parent Programs and the Dads Association using the on-line form or print form as detailed in the above section of this website)

BBQ starts at 9:00 a.m.
Kickoff for the game is set for 11:00 a.m.

$45.00 includes BBQ and a football ticket; OR $32.00 for Football Game Only.

Saturday September 28, 2013

Dads Weekend Rock Concert: Dads Association and Illini Union Board present

American English -- The World’s Greatest BEATLES Tribute Band!

Foellinger Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.

$15.00 per ticket, or $25.00 for multiples of 2 tickets


Sunday September 29, 2013

Dads Sunday Brunch

Illini Union Rooms A, B and C, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$20.00 per person - This event has SOLD OUT

Bring your student by the Union for a delicious brunch and final goodbyes before you hit the road!


Important  Notes:

  • The deadline to purchase tickets is September 2, 2013.

  • TICKET PICKUP INFORMATION: Tickets for ALL events must be picked up in person (students picking up tickets must show their i-Card) at the following venues:
    • Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27, between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Illini Union Room 407. Students who pick tickets up on behalf of families must show their student ID.
    • Friday, September 27, between 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Illini Rooms ABC. Must show ID.
    • Saturday, September 28, at the pre-game BBQ in the ARC. Tickets will be held until half-time of the football game. Must show ID.
  • Dads pre-game BBQ and football game tickets need to be purchased for every guest, including U of I students. Student or other regular season ticket holders may not use their regular season ticket to sit in the Special Dads Weekend section.

  • All profits and proceeds from ticket sales support Dads Association projects, which include scholarships and grants for U of I students. Thanks for your support!

  • For Saturday’s game day parking information, make sure you visit:

  • Parking is severely restricted and roads around the ARC are closed on game days!

  • For more information, contact the Illini Union Parent Programs Office at 217-333-7063 or