CHAMPAGNE, ill.– Illinois Athletics has partnered with Artsman Sports to create collections of distinctive items made from Lou Henson Court at State Farm Center, on which the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team won the 2022 Big Ten Championship. Fans can order any of the limited edition items starting today at artsmansport.com Where Fightillini.com/courtcollectibles.
The Fighting Illini defeated Iowa at State Farm Center on March 6, 2022 to clinch the Big Ten program’s first regular season title in 17 years. This was the last match where this particular pitch was used in game action, as there were already plans to replace it. Portions of the land have been saved in order to create collectibles to give away to fans.
The collection ranges from pendants and cufflinks, to useful items like bottle openers, paperweights and desk trophies, to more decorative desk and wall frames. Each piece is handcrafted from parts of the terrain used by the game, so no two items are the same. Many parts also come in a decorative box with Illinois logos and colors. All items are officially licensed by the University of Illinois and select items bearing the Big Ten® Championship designation are also licensed by the Conference.
I FUND members have access to an exclusive collection of items made from Block I of Center Court. Members have been emailed a 4-digit code to unlock this opportunity.
With limited quantities of each item being offered based on the amount of land available, fans are encouraged to order their favorite items early.