Huff Hall is one of the most intimidating environments in all of College Volleyball, but you can expect it to be even louder when the #16 Illini welcome the #5 Wisconsin Badgers to town on Saturday night. The "IlliNOISE" Night promotion will be taking place to see just how loud the crowd can get; the marketing staff will even have a decibel meter on hand to measure the noise. You may remember from our Spike Squad Q&A that the student section is one of the best in the nation--so you can expect things to get crazy.
Here's an excerpt from FightingIllini.com:
Head coach Kevin Hambly and the Fighting Illini invite Illinois fans from far and wide to attend the Wisconsin match to experience Huff Hall at its finest. Touted "the best student section in the nation," by Big Ten Network announcer Mike Wolf, the Spike Squad will be out in full force, and the Marching Illini Drumline will put on a performance between sets. Ear plugs will be available free of charge at all entrances for any fans with sensitive hearing when the Illini Faithful establish the mark of Huff Hall's noise level.
In addition to marking how loud the atmosphere at Huff Hall is, Coach Hambly and the volleyball team seek to break the all-time Huff attendance record set at 4,316 back in 1992 against Stanford at the NCAA Regional. With an expanded capacity of 4,536 after this summer's renovations, that goal can become a reality. The Illini topped that total in both matches held at State Farm Center last season, but have not sold out Huff Hall since 2011.
In addition to Saturday's festivities, the 10-3 Illini also have a match against #18 Minnesota on Wednesday night.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Got this in the mail from <a href="https://twitter.com/IlliniVBHambly">@IlliniVBHambly</a>. Pretty cool marketing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illini?src=hash">#illini</a> <a href="http://t.co/sHCKzbUJRG">pic.twitter.com/sHCKzbUJRG</a></p>— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) <a href="https://twitter.com/WernerESPNCU/status/517087390288990209">September 30, 2014</a></blockquote>
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— Mike Waddell (@IlliniWad) September 30, 2014