Fans can take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of courtside seating for Fighting Illini games experience action unlike ever before. The renovated State Farm Center features seats hugging the sideline of the court and allows you to experience sights and sounds of the game available only to courtside seating. Seat holders also have exclusive access to Club 53. This lounge is located on the floor level, behind the scenes from the bowl, and is a favorite for courtside seatholders to gather before and after the game and during breaks in the action. The club area is near the tunnel entrances to the floor, giving patrons the opportunity to watch the Fighting Illini as they prepare to run onto the court.

Club 53 Amenities

  • Reserved seat on the court
  • Priority parking pass
  • Exclusive Club 53 Access
  • Included pre-game buffet and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fully-stocked bar
  • Exclusive hospitality level restrooms
  • HD flat-screen televisions in club area
  • Padded seating
  • Access to Club 53 elevators / VIP lobby
  • Complimentary game programs
  • Right of first refusal for contract renewal following initial term
  • Access to Traditions Club
  • Donor wall recognizing charter members
  • Access to halftime and postgame stats
  • Slightly elevated viewing for second row seats
  • Donor wall recognition with campaign gift

Leasing Information - 2017-18 (Note tax benefits explained below)

 One-time Campaign GiftAnnual License Fee*
7 years
Annual License Fee*
10 years
Annual License Fee*
12 years
Annual License Fee*
15 years
Orange (towards midcourt)$125,000$12,608/seat$11,557/seat$10,506/seatN/A
Blue (towards baseline)$25,000$6,304/seat$5,779/seat$5,253/seatN/A
Bundle
(2 Orange - towards midcourt, 2 Blue - towards baseline)
N/AN/AN/AN/A$47,278/bundle

*There are substantial tax benefits associated with leasing premium seating. The annual financial commitment to lease these opportunities contains both a taxable portion (for the cost of goods and services provided, amenities such as game tickets, parking, catering, etc.) and a tax-deductible charitable gift. According to current IRS regulations, after the taxable portion is subtracted from each annual commitment, 80% of the remaining portion is a tax-deductible charitable gift. The value of goods/services received will be calculated annually and provided by the University of Illinois. Consult your tax advisor to learn how the IRS guidelines relate to your specific situation.

** * Prices reflect annual commitments due each year by June 1. After establishing a campaign gift commitment, the first annual lease payment is due June 1, 2017. Prices will increase every commitment year by 2.5%. Discounts for prepayment of entire contract term are available. An annual I FUND commitment is required of all Founders Suite patrons for the life of their contract. By maintaining an I FUND account, Founders Suite patrons will have the opportunity to purchase special single-game tickets and receive an I FUND season parking pass. Single-game tickets and the I FUND parking pass are allocated based on I FUND club level and priority point totals. The minimum required I FUND membership for Club 53 is the Block I (Orange) or Olympian (Blue) level.