Signature Events

Champaign County hosts several signature events that showcase the high quality sporting facilities available throughout the county.  Visit Champaign County plays a significant role in making these events come to life.  For more information on how to partner with Visit Champaign County on your next event, contact: coryh@visitchampaigncounty.org.
 
IHSA State Football Championships
Every November the best high school football teams in the State of Illinois travel to the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium in Champaign to compete for the state title.  The weekend is action packed with eight back to back football games boasting over 30,000 in attendance.  Outside the stadium participants and fans can be found at the ultimate tailgate: Visit Champaign County’s Tent City.  All of their pre and post game celebration activities go late into the night with fun for everyone.

IHSA Wrestling State Finals
Every February the top individual wrestlers in the State of Illinois gather in Champaign-Urbana at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall for intense competition. Over 30,000 spectators watch as some of the best athletes go for the championship.  Visit Champaign County proudly hosts a visitor welcome booth packed full of dining, shopping and entertainment information for exploring the county.

27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
After a successful and catapulting inaugural year in 2009, The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon promises to become one of the country’s premier running events.  Over 18,000 runners converge on the streets of Champaign-Urbana to participate in a flat, fast and fun course through the University of Illinois campus, revitalized downtown districts, fan-filled residential neighborhoods, breathtaking parks and much more.  Ending on the 50-yard line of the Fighting Illini Football’s Memorial Stadium, the finish-line boasts an awesome conclusion full of images on the jumbotron! Coupled by a fantastic Health & Fitness Expo the day before and the exciting 27th Mile Celebrate Victory post-race bash, the event creates an atmosphere like none other making the Illinois Marathon a runner’s dream come true!

State Farm Shootout at the Hall
Greatly anticipated each year, the Shootout at the Hall is quickly becoming one of the best opportunities to watch high school basketball in the state of Illinois.  Each year the field of teams showcases some of the top prospects in the country and gives fans the chance to watch many future University of Illinois players in action at the Assembly Hall.  This great event also provides local teams and athletes the chance of a lifetime to play on the floor at Assembly Hall home of the Fighting Illini!