The Newly Renovated State Farm Center is Amazing

Here at Illinois, we are extremely lucky to have a Big 10 sports atmosphere that fans all over the world can cheer on. Our football and men’s basketball teams are the most popular games to watch for Illini fans.

Today, I headed over to the newly renovated State Farm Center to see the Illini take on Minnesota in a men’s basketball game. The thing I love about the State Farm Center is that it looks like a really cool spaceship.

Courtesy of statefarmcenter.com

When I walked into the “spaceship,” I witnessed thousands of Illini fans in orange. I felt an immense pride at that moment seeing all my fellow Illini. They were all ready to see the Illini play some great basketball. I walked into the newly renovated arena to see an updated jumbotron, concourse areas, and new light fixtures.

I walked into the newly renovated arena to see an updated jumbotron, concourse areas, and new light fixtures. My new favorite thing was during the starting lineups, fans were able to download an app called Illini Lights, which lets phones participate in the light show. There were thousands of phones were flashing at one time. It was such a cool sight! The arena also turns red, white, and blue during the national anthem. It is so beautiful.

Also, I knew people were extremely excited about the newly renovated State Farm Center as today’s game sold out with over 15,000 people in attendance! I felt so special being a part of this experience.

I plan on going to the State Farm Center more often now, but not just because of the amazing basketball games. There are now concerts and Broadway shows taking place there. For example, Lil Wayne and the Broadway show Pippin is coming in April! I plan on seeing both of these shows and more as I happen to love live music and Broadway shows. I’m so glad I don’t have to travel to far to see major acts. That’s what’s so great about Illinois—they really care about the students and giving them great experiences. That’s what the State Farm Center is all about.

Click here for an amazing virtual tour of the State Farm Center. You won’t regret it!

 

 

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