An escape from the dorm room: Movie Night at Memorial Stadium

By Acacia Hernández

Students jumped at the opportunity to escape their dorm room last weekend when the University announced a double feature movie night that would take place at Memorial Stadium, home of the Fighting Illini football team.

For many freshmen, it became one of their first non-virtual experiences on campus.

“I haven’t really felt like I was in college recently,” said Hunter Fulton, a University of Illinois freshman. “I really wanted to feel that freshman experience because T.V. shows and movies make college seem like a blast.”

Large groups of ten or more were able to sit in pods on the field, while smaller groups sat in the bleachers. According to Student Affairs communications, 870 students attended.

“I like how thought out it was,” added Fulton. “I’m able to lay down on the field. It’s more comfortable.”

The increased enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines put in place by the University earlier this month was lifted on Sept. 16 after the positivity rate decreased from 2.9 to 0.4 percent.

Despite the large turn-out, freshman Beatrice Benavent felt safe with her group of friends.

“My friends and I were really excited to come since the quarantine just got lifted,” Benavent said. “We just wanted to spend time together and we thought this would be really fun to see a movie and chill out.”

This event is scheduled to happen weekly for students with a valid ID on Friday nights. Tonight “Bad Boys for Life” and “Gemini Man” will play consecutively beginning at 9 p.m. Students can find more information about future events at https://publish.illinois.edu/yourjourney/.