Illinois did something Saturday the program had not done since 2011: Sell out Memorial Stadium.
In Lovie Smith’s second game as coach, the Illini had a packed house of 60,670 as they faced North Carolina.
— Jason Heggemeyer (@B1GTicket) September 11, 2016
The last time Illinois didn’t have an empty seat came on Nov. 12, 2011 against Michigan when Ron Zook was still the Illini coach.
That's the first #illini capacity crowd since Michigan game in Nov. 2011
— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) September 11, 2016
It was also the Illini’s first sellout against a non-conference foe in nearly 30 years.
First sellout against a nonconference opponent since Sept. 12, 1987 against Arizona State (70,060).
— Illini Stats & Notes (@IlliniStats) September 11, 2016