Dad’s Day Weekend

By Molly Cline




What is Dad’s Day weekend?  It’s the time to show our dads what it’s like to attend the number one party school in the country!  This is a weekend at the University of Illinois for all students to participate in, whether you are a freshman or a senior or are in Greek life or not.  However, being a part of Greek life does adds a different twist to Dad’s Day weekend.  On top of all of the activities offered by the university, there are extra activities worked into the schedule of sororities and fraternities (which will be discussed in greater detail later on).  

This year, Dad’s Day weekend is November 13-15, which falls well after midterms and right before the relaxation of Thanksgiving break.  It is a nice time to take a break from being a college student to spend some quality time with your father.  Chances are, your dad  might need a little refresher of what it’s like to be a college kid!

This year, the university is offering plenty of fun activities for students and their dads to get involved in.  There will be  a basketball game that  Friday night against North Florida at 7pm.  Unfortunately, the State Farm Center is in the process of being renovated so the game will be played at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

On Saturday, there will be a football game at Memorial Stadium against Ohio State. There is also a dad’s pre-game BBQ at the ARC a couple of hours beforehand.  The time of the game has not yet been released.  

Other activities include the Illinois Men’s hockey game vs. Iowa State at 7:30 pm at the Illini Ice Arena.  Does your dad like music?  If so, there will be a Dad’s weekend Rock Concert at Foellinger Auditorium Saturday night at 8:00 with tickets at a steal — only $25 for two!  To top off the weekend there will be a Dad’s brunch in the Illini Union on Sunday from 11:00am -1:00pm.  It will cost $20 per person.

Greek events include waking up bright and early and going with another sorority or fraternity to a bar in the morning.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided to you and your dad at your house.  Some previous meals have included barbecues and pancake breakfasts in the morning.

nThroughout the weekend there are also various daddy-daughter competitions in the houses.  These competitions include a daddy-daughter version of the newlywed game- which gets very interesting and competitive- and bag tosses in the house lawns.

Whether you participate in Greek life or not, there will be  plenty of activities across  campus that you and your dad can participate in.  Take your dad to your favorite bar or to the grocery store to stock up on food.  This weekend is always very fun and an exciting time to have fathers on campus.


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