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Memorial Stadium, Champaign

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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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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  • Nice stadium. More elevator availability would be nice. The person on the PA has a deep voice, but he does not no one could understand a word he said. The big screen is crisp and clear,...  read more »
  • a very nice college stadium. not overly big so there are virtually no bad tickets. lots of food options and a great way to spend a fall afternoon. 
  • We were able to tour the stadium at the University of Illinois by the students. I took a couple of videos but I snapped what I could from the videos. There's a lot of history on the walls and school s...  read more »
  • Tailgating here is a lot of fun. Seats are really cheap for students. They have some decent food inside, but seriously, tailgating is so much fun.
  • Beautiful weather. Great game. Go Illini!
  • This is one of the greatest places to watch a football game in America. The exterior is absolutely gorgeous, and they made nice renovations out front to create "Grange Grove" as a pre-game tail-gate area. Strongly encourage anyone to check out an event here.
  • I visited Memorial Stadium for the Illinois vs. Ohio State football game and was very impressed. This stadium is gorgeous. The atmosphere was great. The people of Champaign and Urbana were very hospitable. I look forward to returning to Memorial Stadium in the future.
  • YEAHHHHH!!! Our football team is bad though...
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