The school announced on Wednesday that the basketball season will officially begin with the Illini Street Jam on September 28. The event will start at 7:30pm and take place at the intersection of Green and Wright Streets.
Here's the info from the official release.
Illini Street Jam will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Green St. and Wright St. in campus town. The area will be closed to traffic to house an Illini-themed flex court, baskets, bleachers and lights. Festivities will include player introductions, fan interactive games and competitions.
Illini Street Jam is free, and bleacher seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There also will be standing-room-only space surrounding the court for fans to enjoy the event.
U of I alumnus Ryan Baker, sports anchor for WBBM-CBS 2 in Chicago, will emcee the evening's events. Illini Street Jam will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 is Dad's Day and begins with the Illini football game vs. Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. The 16th-ranked Illinois volleyball team then takes on No. 12 Nebraska at 4 p.m. at Huff Hall. Those events set the stage for the unveiling of the 2013-14 Illinois basketball programs under second-year head coaches John Groce and Matt Bollant, whose teams will both participate in Illini Street Jam.
Oh man, it's crazy to think that basketball season is just a little more than a month away, isn't it?