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Illini Out of Home Arena for Some Games in 2015-16

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 118

illiniCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois now says its arena renovation project will force its basketball teams to play somewhere other than the campus for a few games during the 2015-16 season.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason Lener tells The News-Gazette in Champaign that the men’s team will play one exhibition game and four nonconference games outside of the State Farm Center.

The university looking for venues around the state. Lener declined to name possible locations.

Sports information director Kent Brown says some women’s games will be moved, too. Details haven’t been finalized.

The university is in the middle of a $160 million overhaul of the State Farm Center. Work is supposed to wrap up in late 2016 but the university had said the arena could host all home games.