Memorial Stadium is not only home to the Fighting Illini football team, but also to exquisite event space overlooking Zuppke Field. Never before has Central Illinois had an opportunity to entertain like this! If you are looking to make an everlasting impression on your guests, consider holding your wedding at historical Memorial Stadium.
Where are you located?
1402 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820 — The Colonnades Club is located inside the west wing of Memorial Stadium. Our mailing address is different though: 1700 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820.
What type of wedding does your venue work best for?
This space isn’t exclusive to any type of wedding. It is flexible enough to accommodate the bride and groom’s needs.
What makes your venue awesome?
The Colonnades Club is one of the most unique wedding venues in the Midwest. The club overlooks historic Zuppke Field and is a great location for any football fan or U of I alum to celebrate your special day at. One of the unique aspects of holding your wedding and/or ceremony at this location is that you have access to the stadium for wedding party pictures as well as the option to have your names and the date featured on the ribbon board.
What is the capacity of your venue?
The capacity of the Colonnades Club is 500 guests.
What are your catering guidelines?
Memorial Stadium has an exclusive caterer, Fighting Illini Catering by Sodexo.
Do you have a ceremony location?
We often hold ceremonies on the north end of the Colonnades Club and have the center and south end set for the reception following the ceremony.
What is your advice for couples planning their wedding?
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and lean on others for support. This is one the biggest times of your life and you shouldn’t have to carry the load by yourself. As much as you want every detail to be perfect, it isn’t fair to yourself to set those type of expectations. At the end of the day, you will be married to the person you’re spending the rest of your life with and that’s what really matters!
What is included in your packages?
- Full ballroom seating for up to 500 guests
- Eight-hour space rental until midnight (additional time is $300 per hour)
- Access to the Illinois Suite for bridal party prior to reception
- 72-inch round tables, chairs, 6-foot banquet tables, cocktail tables, dance floor
- Customized floor plan and set up of room
- Coat closet
- On-site Memorial Stadium Event Consultant
- Free parking on nights and weekends
- Access to televisions for basic digital signage
- Standard, personalized message on the ribbon video board
- Access to stadium for pictures of wedding party (timing dependent on athletic department schedule)
- Basic guest seating linens and buffet linens
- Custodial service prior to and after event
What is the price range of your venue?
Starts at $5,000 for Wedding Reception Package. $1,000 additional cost for Wedding Ceremony in Colonnades Club
Anything else you’d like to add?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We look forward to helping you with a truly unique wedding day that will be talked about the rest of your life!