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 faรงade. 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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  • We purchased some nice Illinois fans great tickets for our Badgers game. We parked about a block away, the athletic dept was very nice in answering our parking questions during the week, so Saturday p...  more »
  • The seats are a little hard and you might be a little sore by the end of it so suggest to bring a seat cushion. View seems pretty good from most areas. Also, if you are using game day parking be prepa...  more »
  • Stadium seats are comfortable, typical price on food and drinks. Now the Illini just need to get their football program together.  more »
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  • My first college experience loved it and would lovevto do it again !
  • Memorial Stadium is a special place. The history of the stadium, built to honor the students who perished in World War I with money raised by students and alumni, is memorialized in the columns of the stadium colonnades. Tyner are different seating areas including premium club seating and boxes as well as bleacher type seats.
  • Traveled here to watch our Cornhuskers, tickets were cheap but nothing is quite like the memorial stadium in Lincoln Nebraska! #GBR
  • A nice stadium, but parking was a nightmare. The town and stadium aren't equipped to handle large crowds, so if you're coming for a big game (like OSU, who draws very large crowds), plan ahead and get there very early.
  • Great place to watch a game !! ๐Ÿ”ถ ๐Ÿ”ท ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿˆ

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