On Oct. 1, 2006, the Illinois soccer team came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat then-No. 9 Penn State at home in front of a school record 2,667 fans. The match also marked the first "Soccerfest" for Illinois.
Including the Penn State game, Soccerfest has brought in the top three crowds in Illini history in its three years of existence. The event is designed to promote interest in Illinois soccer, with free food, performances and kids games.
"What makes Soccerfest special is that it's more like a soccer game with a festival involved," said Elizabeth Klatt, Illinois' assistant director of sports marketing.
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