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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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  • 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 »
  • I feel like I am nearly an expert on stadiums and Arenas since I've worked in so many of them all over the country. I have worked many pro stadiums and Collegiate stadiums and there are many excellent...  more »
  • Big 10 Football at it's finest (not the team ). The stadium was recently renovated. It's much easier to get around. However, it's still difficult to get from one part of the stadium to another. Some p...  more »
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  • U of I football. Win or lose always a great experience.
  • Besides mediocre football, this place has history. From Zuppke Field to the. names of Alumni killed in WWI, there is almost 100 years of history here.
  • Go Illini! It's a top notch stadium.
  • Nice stadium. Team sucks.
  • Concessions aren't great, very outdated layout. Hopefully when Lovie turns this team around they update the majority of the stadium not just the boxes