Indiana had a historic season in 2020, and they did it without fans in the stands.
The combination of a much improved IU football program and pent-up demand for attending games has led to the first sellout at Memorial Stadium in over four years. IU Athletics announced on Friday the Sept. 18 home game against No. 8 Cincinnati is sold out. The current capacity of the 61 year-old stadium is 52,656. Just over 30,000 fans attended the last time IU hosted Cincinnati in 2000.
It is the program’s first confirmed sellout since head coach Tom Allen’s first season as the head coach when the Hoosiers were at capacity for both Michigan and Ohio State. Based on available attendance numbers, it isn’t clear that IU has ever sold-out a nonconference game at the 17th Street Memorial Stadium prior to this season, but we are working to confirm.
Meanwhile, increased gameday traffic will mean longer drives for fans coming from the north as the I-69 construction project has State Road 37 closed in Martinsville.
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Releases from both IU Athletics and the city of Martinsville follow below.
Bloomington, Indiana – Single-game tickets for Indiana Football’s Sept. 18 home game against No. 10 Cincinnati are sold out.
While no single-game tickets remain for the Top-25 showdown with the Bearcats, fans still interested in securing tickets to the game can visit StubHub, the official secondary ticket marketplace of IU Athletics. Tickets purchased through Stubhub are 100% verified, meaning the IU Ticket Office can provide full customer support.
Single-game tickets remain on sale for IU’s other five home games, including next weekend’s home-opener against Idaho. Limited inventory remains for several games, most notably the Oct. 23 game against No. 4 Ohio State. Because of the possibility of additional sellouts, Hoosier fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance through IUHoosiers.com.
ARRIVE EARLY, ENTER EARLY
In addition to securing tickets early, Hoosier fans are also strongly encouraged to arrive to all of IU’s home football games early and to enter Memorial Stadium early as well.
While Section 5 of the I-69 Project in and around Bloomington has been completed, there remain various highway and interstate projects that will impact travel. Most notable of those is the I-69 “Finish Line” Project between Indianapolis and Martinsville. While IU Athletics will have traffic updates on IUHoosiers.com and via our text messaging service (Text “IUFB” to 313131 to sign up) fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early to Memorial Stadium to minimize traffic delays.
Upon arrival at the IU Athletics complex, fans are also encouraged to enter Memorial Stadium early to avoid possible delays at the entry gates.
For next week’s home opener against Idaho, gates will open at 6 p.m. (90 minutes prior to kickoff), while IU Athletics Parking Lots will open at Noon.
DOWNLOAD THE APP!
All IU fans are also strongly encouraged to download the IU Hoosiers Mobile App in advance of their arrival at Memorial Stadium.
For those who are using mobile tickets, you’ll need the mobile app to manage your tickets. Don’t print out your mobile tickets – they will not be accepted at the gates. Check out our IU Hoosiers Mobile App Ticket Guide to assist with your digital ticketing needs.
The app will also be useful for all visitors for concessions. Now, fans can choose to enjoy cashless and contactless transactions at the concessions stands in Memorial Stadium. By placing your concessions order on the app, you will be able to increase the speed of service and decrease wait times. Purchases can be made with debit or credit cards or mobile payment services such as Google Pay and Apple Pay.
Martinsville Traffic Flow Plan Announced for IU Home Football Game Days
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARTINSVILLE – During the upcoming IU home football game Saturdays expect to see an increase police presence on Martinsville streets in an effort to keep the traffic flowing. Due to the State Road 37/Interstate 69 construction it is anticipated that the volume of traffic will significantly increase on Morgan Street and State Road 39 By-Pass, therefore, police officers will be strategically placed at key intersections to control the traffic lights and/or manually direct traffic. Some intersections on Morgan Street may have turn restrictions during peak hours of the traffic flow. Officers may be in place as much as three hours in advance of kick-off time and for several hours following the game’s end. Traffic patterns will return to their normal patterns during the time that the games are taking place.
Residents are encouraged to avoid Morgan Street and the State Road 39 By-Pass during the hours preceding and following the home games on the following dates:
• Saturday, September 11 – 7:30 PM Kick-Off
• Saturday, September 18 – 12:00 PM Kick-Off
• Saturday, October 16 – 12:00 PM Kick-Off
• Saturday, October 23 – Kick-Off time not yet announced
• Saturday, November 13 – Kick-Off time not yet announced
• Saturday, November 20 – Kick-Off time not yet announced
Intersections where officers will be stationed on IU football home game days.
Officers from the Martinsville City Police Department, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police, and other agencies will be utilized to keep the traffic moving as much as possible and keep people safe. Costs for these services are being underwritten by Indiana University.
Fans are being encouraged to stop off on their way through Martinsville and visit local restaurants and shops and let the traffic thin out before they head on their ways home.
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