Badger Football at Illinois: Tailgate, Tickets, and Bus Trip

October 19
Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820

BADGER HUDDLE® Tailgate — Hosted by the WAA: Heart of Illinois Chapter

8 to 10:30 a.m. CT. Kickoff is 11 a.m. CT.

Attend the official Wisconsin pregame party before the Badgers battle the Fighting Illini in a Big Ten clash. By bringing the best of Madison to Champaign — including your favorite Wisconsin foods and tunes and Bucky’s antics — this Huddle tailgate is sure to be a big hit.

  • A Wisconsin-style menu and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • Special appearances by Bucky Badger and the UW Spirit Squad
  • And more

Day-of-Game Packages

Add to the excitement by getting a Day-of-Game Package that includes:

  • BADGER HUDDLE tailgate ticket
  • Game ticket in the Wisconsin-designated area of the visitor section (specific location TBD)

Bus Trip

Badger fans in Illinois, enjoy the ease and convenience of roundtrip bus transportation from Peoria, Morton, and Normal to the Huddle tailgate on game day. Includes drinks and treats served on the bus.

Bus Schedule

6 a.m.  Depart Peoria (Shoppes at Grand Prairie — near Old Chicago Pizza)
6:30 a.m. Arrive in Morton (Walmart parking lot)
7 a.m. Arrive in Normal (Schnuck’s Grocery Store parking lot)
8 a.m. Arrive at the BADGER HUDDLE tailgate (Hilton Garden Inn)

Bus departs from the Hilton Garden Inn one hour after football game completion.


  • Huddle tailgate: $40 per adult; $25 per child aged 3–14
  • Day-of-Game Package: $100 per adult; $85 per child aged 3–14
  • Bus trip: $43 per person

 Deadline is September 27 for Day-of-Game Packages and October 10 for tailgate and bus trip purchases.

Event Information

Stadium policies

To allow for a safe and speedy entrance into Memorial Stadium, please review the stadium’s carry-in policy. Also, please note the child ticket policy, which you can find under the stadium’s admissions policy.


Day-of-game parking is available and complimentary at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please see the hotel’s site for more information.

IMPORTANT: Transportation to Memorial Stadium following the tailgate is on your own. (The Hilton Garden Inn is approximately a half mile from the stadium.) View a map of the surrounding area.


Coming in from out of town? Want a staycation? A block of rooms is available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Use the group block code BADGER when booking online or by phone. Note: there is a two-night minimum stay and a 30-day cancellation policy.


For questions about registration, contact WAA at, 608-262-2551, or toll free at 888-947-2586.

For questions about the tailgate, bus trip, and overall event, contact Mark Rein ’12 at

If you need to cancel your BADGER HUDDLE or Day-of-Game Package purchase, please review WAA’s cancellation policy.

Organized by WAA: Heart of Illinois Chapter.

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