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State Farm Center Receives $5 Million Donation

The SFC's renovation takes a big leap forward after a generous donation from University of Illinois alum, John Guiliani.

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

University of Illinois alum John Guiliani has secured naming rights for the State Farm Center's proposed luxury seating option after making a sizable $5 million donation towards the arena's renovation.

The John Guiliani Family Traditions Club, located in both the A and B sections of the State Farm Center, will be complete with luxury dining, padded furniture, televisions and a prime viewing area for all State Farm Center events. Season tickets for the club can be procured through contracts of five, seven or ten years, with annual costs starting at $2,000 per seat.

More information on the John Guiliani Family Traditions Club, including location, price, and perks can be found at FightingIllini.com.

Guiliani graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 and is presently the CEO of ValueClick, Inc. According to Fighting Illini's press release, Guiliani is the first donor to secure naming rights and a big supporter of men's basketball coach John Groce.

"I'm honored to lend my support to my state university, which has been an important part of my life since childhood," Giuliani said. "From the first time I met Coach Groce and the athletics department leadership, I believed in their vision for the future."

The State Farm Center's renovation promises improvements in all aspects of the arena, and it seems to welcome by all. It's good to have a solid Illinois man like John Guiliani on board.