• Due to the weather forecast for Sunday, April 7, the Crossroads Art and Craft Fair will be held inside the Banterra Center.
  • With scattered thunderstorms on the radar we are moving to The Varsity Center for tonight’s show!
  • Pre-paid paved lot spots on campus are SOLD OUT. While we still have day-of-paid spots in lot 59 by the Law School, those are limited.

Southern Illinois Crossroads Eclipse Festival

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SIU Carbondale in partnership with NASA is hosting a variety of world class events and activities April 5 – 8, 2024 including ongoing lead up events celebrating the second total solar eclipse visible from Carbondale in 7 years.  Our main event, Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium is a guided eclipse experience. This repeat performance of our award winning 2017 stadium event has been years in the making and will be our seventh big astronomy stadium event at SIU Carbondale.  Be part of history and join us for an unforgettable experience featuring stadium-scale live entertainment and activities as well as dedicated solar telescope feeds from across North America on the massive stadium score board and screens throughout the area.  Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium of Chicago leads a cast of talented hosts and experts to guide you through this twice in a lifetime event that must be experienced in person to believe.  All activities throughout eclipse weekend are thoughtfully designed to provide an enriching and unique family friendly experience centered on the arts and sciences.

There will be Wifi in Saluki Stadium and in our event spaces (provided by Clearwave). Signs in those area will have Wifi access info.

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Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saluki Stadium

Experience a unique eclipse event! SIU Carbondale teams up with Adler Planetarium, NASA EDGE, and more for a guided, fun-filled total solar eclipse experience. Doors open at 11am.

Stadium Info

The horseshoe-shaped facility has a seating capacity of 15,000. Seating includes chairback seats as well as bleacher seating and spots on the grass berm enclosing the north end zone.

The Saluki Stadium is located at 1415 Arena Dr. Carbondale, IL 62901

For seating on Eclipse Day at Saluki Stadium, – seats are first come, first serve for bleacher and berm seating with chair seats available for those that specifically purchased and asked for chair seating. K-12 groups will have a specific section in Saluki Stadium they are assigned. We will direct you to your seating location upon arrival. Captioning will display on the jumbo screen at Saluki Stadium and ASL interpreters are provided for this event.

If you need ADA accessible seating or an ASL interpreter, please call the ticketing office at 618-453-2000 or email tickets@siu.edu.

Saluki Stadium events will take place rain or shine. No ticket refunds will be issued.


Pre-paid paved parking on campus is SOLD OUT. Same day paid-parking is in lot 59 and attendees will be shuttled to Saluki Stadium and the Eclipse events area. The cost is$40 and cash ONLY.

For those with Parking tickets, parking lots on campus on Monday, April 8 will open at 6am.

Saluki Express mass transit system is available for students, employees, the Carbondale community and visitors for the weekend of the Eclipse. Saluki Express has augmented routes on Monday, April 8.  Visit Saluki Express for more information and route maps.

There will be NO overnight parking in any of these lots.

Eclipse glasses at SIU brought to you by:

Food Information – Date, Location, and Hours

SIU Food Options:

Friday, April 5

Saturday, April 6

Sunday, April 7

Monday, April 8

Student Center Marketplace
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Student Center Starbucks
7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Student Center Subway
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Banterra Center Concessions
N/A N/A 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Saluki Staduim Concessions
N/A N/A N/A 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
University Housing (Lentz and Trueblood Dining Halls)
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Outside Food Vendors:

Vendors will be located in Faner Mall – Friday, April 5 (4pm – 7pm)

  • HoneyBeez Snowballs
  • Winston’s Bagels by B-Rad

Vendor will be located in front of Shryock Auditorium – Sunday, April 7 (6:30pm – 8pm)

  • Bake Me Happy

Vendors will be located on Necker’s Lawn – Monday, April 8 (9am-1pm)

  • Bake Me Happy
  • Haute Wheels Food Truck
  • Tropical Snow

Vendors will be located  east of the Engineering Building– Monday, April 8 (9am-1pm)

  • Taqueria La Ciudad

Eclipse Merchandise

eclipse shirts

Eclipse merchandise is for sale in the University Bookstore in the Student Center and online.

Eclipse 2024 Posters

Eclipse 2024 Posters by Tyler Nordgren

Eclipse merchandise is for sale in the University Bookstore in the Student Center and online.