As they flip our calendars to October, football fans are now only a few weeks away from seeing the Fighting Illini in action this season. But in a year plagued with COVID-19 concerns and empty stadiums, one of the most anticipated Illinois football seasons in recent memory has almost lost its luster.
The University of Illinois has one of the most passionate fanbases in the Big Ten and they certainly won’t let the outstanding circumstances of this year put a damper on the feeling they get waking up on a Saturday morning to watch the Fighting Illini. These fans have been there for the good and the bad, the bright and the bleak, and this season will be no different.
And even though there won’t be any fans in the bleachers for Illini games this year, students at the U of I are still planning to get together to watch the season opener… on the field.
John Sullivan, the vice president of the Block I, said in an interview with the Daily Illini, “People will be able to come and social distance and sit on the field. “We are going to try and do a card stunt during that and try to do some other fun stuff.”
Although it is still unclear if events like this will continue past Illinois’ October 24th season opener at Wisconsin, it seems that the Block I is one group of surely many that will be getting together, safely, to watch the orange and blue all season long.