EIU Will Wrap Up Spring Football Practice Saturday


Published on April 25 2013 11:31 am
Last Updated on April 25 2013 11:31 am
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois football will wrap up its 2013 spring football practice schedule this Saturday with a 12 p.m. Blue/White Game at O’Brien Field.  The offense versus defense contest will have an adjusted scoring system allowing both sides of the ball to score points.  Attendance for the Spring Game is free.

EIU will open the 2013 season on the road as the Panthers play 12 games on this season.  EIU opens August 31 at San Diego State followed by a road game on Sept. 7 at Southern Illinois.  The home opener is set for Sept. 14 against Illinois State in the 102nd playing of the Mid-America Classic under the lights at 6 p.m.  EIU plays its second game against a FBS opponent on Sept. 21 when the Panthers visit Orange Bowl participant Northern Illinois.

Defense of the 2012 OVC Championship begins at home on Sept. 28 when EIU hosts Eastern Kentucky for Family Weekend with a 1:30 p.m. kick off.  EIU’s other home OVC games include Southeast Missouri (Oct. 19 / Homecoming), Tennessee Tech (Nov. 2 / Hall of Fame) and Jacksonville State (Nov. 16 / Senior Day).  EIU will play OVC road games at Austin Peay, Tennessee State, Murray State and UT Martin.

Season tickets are now on sale through the EIU ticket office at 217-581-2106 or online through www.eiupanthertickets.com  Individual game tickets go on sale August 1.  Season tickets are $65 this season with discounted rates for EIU Faculty/Staff members.  Fans that purchase or renew season tickets by May 30 will be entered into a drawing for a St. Louis Cardinals baseball package.  Each season ticket renewed or purchased will result in one entry into the drawing.  The winner will receive two (2) infield box tickets to the Cardinals June 22 (Saturday) game against the Texas Rangers (6:15 start), a single game parking pass, $150 pre-paid Visa Gift Card for dinner and $30 BP Gas Card and one night accommodation at the Omni Majestic Hotel located less than ½ mile from Busch Stadium (hotel package is the Cardinals Bullpen Package which includes breakfast for two, complimentary valet parking and $25 in Cardinals bucks).

In addition to season tickets for home games, EIU fans may also purchase tickets to the Panthers road games at Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois.  Call the EIU ticket office at 217-581-2106 to purchase tickets for the EIU section.