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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 façade. 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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  • What a first-class stadium! Memorial is a classic at the University of Illinois. Come here for football games, concerts, ceremonies, and movies on the big screen. The building is currently going throu...  more »
  • Lacking the atmosphere of many of the other Big Ten stadiums, but they've had some down years. Luckily, I was up in a suite on a cold day. Staff was excellent. 
  • The outside looks great with the pillars and whatnot. The inside probably would be a little more eventful if the team playing there was a little better. 
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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  • Concessions aren't great, very outdated layout.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