UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- UI's homecoming game had two unhappy endings. The father of UI quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase is banned from campus for a year. It's after a fight at the game this weekend. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has more.
Police say Nathan Creer has a history of run-ins with officers. This weekend, he was drinking and got into a fight at the game. Those actions, along with his history, is what led to the ban.
Police want to assure fans their safety is a top priority. More than 60,000 fans fit inside Memorial Stadium. To keep everyone safe, officers keep their eyes out for trouble.
"We have assistance from the Illinois State Police, Champaign County Sheriff's Department, cities of Rantoul, Urbana, Champaign, as well as Parkland Police."
Sergeant William Smoot is a UI police officer. In his 27-years, he says one thing hasn't changed.
"Alcoholic beverages tend to be the root of most incidents of trouble."
Chevonne Koenig is a bartender. She says people party before they make it to the stadium.
"People come here before and go to the games. Drinking always escalates arguments between people. So, people just get drunk, get rowdy and get pissed off at other people."
Police say that's what happened in Nathan Creer's case. He was involved in a dispute with a group of people. Police took him outside.
Creer reportedly made threatening remarks while they were checking his ID. According to police he "clenched his fist and leaned toward an officer."
"If we have an individual or individuals who are belligerent, whether it be alcohol-based or not, those individuals are not allowed to remain in the facility. They are removed for the safety of others in the facility. That is standard operating procedure."
"I always see cops patrolling the games and everything, like, I've never felt unsafe in any way."
Cameras are inside the stadium and police can review the tapes when fights happen, including the one this weekend. Creer pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
URBANA -- The dad of UI quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was in court Monday. Nathan Creer pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting an officer.
He was one of several people involved in a scuffle in the stands of Memorial Stadium during the Illini game. Police broke up the fight, but Creer got away from them. He was arrested later in the day.
The university has banned him from campus for a year. He's already on probation for trespassing at his ex-girlfriend's house. He's due back in court December 17 for a pretrial hearing on the resisting charge.
CHAMPAIGN -- A fight broke out Saturday in the stands at UI's homecoming game. Police say a group of people got into a scuffle in the stands at the game.
Police were called in to break it up. They got the situation under control, but one man got away from them.
Police say they later arrested Nathan Creer, father of Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase. He was charged with resisting a peace officer.
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