The Big Picture: In person, game on!

Fighting Illini fans, including members of the Orange Krush, the Marching Illini and Wellness Ambassadors show their love and support of the men’s basketball team from State Farm Center as the team competes on the road in Indianapolis for a national championship in the NCAA Tournament. (Image by Fred Zwicky)

A return to attending games in person brings new life to the legions who support the Fighting Illini—from the Orange Krush to the Wellness Ambassadors to the Marching Illini. Pandemic precautions such as controlled attendance and mask protocols remain, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to forego cheering on Illinois in Orange and Blue style.