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Memorial Stadium, Champaign

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Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Champaign, Illinois, in the United States, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The stadium is dedicated as a memorial to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students who died in World War I; their names are engraved on the nearly 200 pillars surrounding the stadium's fa├žade. The stadium is primarily used as the home of the University's football team.ConstructionIn the early 1920s, the old football stadium, Illinois Field, was deemed inadequate. There was some sentiment for retaining the site, but it was too congested to expand the stadium adequately, so a new site was selected, in a largely undeveloped area at the south end of the campus.Memorial Stadium was completed in 1923 at a cost of US$1.7 million. Its original U-shaped design borrows some form from the earlier constructed Harvard Stadium. The general contractor of the project was English Brothers of Champaign, who are in business to this day. The name was chosen in honor of the dead from World War I. The original construction was financed with donations from University students, alumni, and others. At the time, the stadium consisted of double-decked stands on the east and west sidelines. The single-decked horseshoe around the south end zone was later completed, along with a large student section near the north end zone.
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  • The University of Illinois graduation for 13,000 graduates was help here and was just the right size. There are very few covered areas so make sure you have sun protection, hats, and hydration.  more »
  • I've been to several football games here and a few special events. The place is good and not too confusing to navigate. The refreshments aren't too expensive and the staff is helpful and courteous.  more »
  • As a freshman at the University of Illinois in 1958, I dreamed of attending my first college football game at Memorial Stadium. Built in 1923 as a memorial to university students who died in World War...  more »
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  • Love walking into this historic stadium every year I usually come up for one or two games every year like walking through the dark tunnels and the stadium atmosphere just takes my breathe a way every time. Love walking up in the colinades and reading the pillars of names who fought for our country just very touching. Would love to have a full tour in my lifetime. Go Illini
  • Always a fun time, even when the Illini lose, and they usually do.
  • Lots of great events here year round that involve many kinds of sports, music, school programs etc.
  • College visit nice school and nice staff
  • Great atmosphere but very few people who were apart of the event staff knew what to do for handicap accessible people in regards to seating, tickets, etc.

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