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Memorial StadiumIllinois Fighting Illini

4102 S. 1st St, Champaign, IL, 61820

    Facelift for Memorial Stadium in Champaign

    Posted October 3, 2016

    Shannon Ryan - Chicago Tribune    &...

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    Memorial Stadium is located in Champaign Illinois. It is a football stadium on the campus of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and home to the Illinois Fighting Illini. Memorial Stadium has a seating capacity of 70,904 and the playing surface is FieldTurf.

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    The stadium is a memorial to the University of Illinois students who died in World War I and was dedicated on October 18, 1924. In 2002, the stadium dedication was extended to include those that died in World War II. The names of the fallen are etched on pillars that surround the stadium’s façade. Construction began on Memorial Stadium in September 1922 and was completed by November 1923. When originally built, the stadium consisted of double-decked stands on both sidelines. During construction there was heavy rain and a bulldozer sank into the field. It was decided that the cost of removing it outweighed the cost of leaving it buried under the field. It still remains there today. Beginning after the 2006 season, Memorial Stadium underwent a massive renovation project that was completed in 2008. All four sides of the stadium concourse areas were improved to include renovated concessions and restroom facilities. In 2002, Memorial Stadium served as the home field for the Chicago Bears while Soldier Field was being renovated. Memorial Stadium has hosted the IHSA football state finals since 1999.


    • Memorial Stadium
      4102 S. 1st St   Champaign, IL 61820
      Call at (217) 333-1400

    Venue Details

    • 1923
    • University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
    • Outdoor
    • Holabird & Roche
    • No
    • No
    • FieldTurf
    • 70904


  • ATMs

    • Great West Hall
    • North Stands
    • Colonnades Club Level


  • Parking:

    • Surrounding facility - General

      • $20.00
      • Yes
      • No open flames. One space/vehicle.
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  • Merchandise:

    • Standard Concessions

      • Throughout facility
      • -
    • Guest Relations

      • Gate 15 on the East Side, Gate 16 on the West Side
      • -
    • Fighting Illini Merchandise

      • East and West Great Halls of Stadium
      • -
    • Facelift for Memorial Stadium in Champaign

      2016-10-03 15:07:15

      Shannon Ryan - Chicago Tribune 


  • Policies

    General Info

    • N
    • All items and guests are subject to search.
    • Y
    • Designated areas only. Must have a pass-out.

    Carry-In Restrictions

    • Permitted. No video. Must be small, hand-held. For personal-use
    • Prohibited
    • Prohibited
    • Permitted. Must be a factory-sealed plastic bottle, 20oz or less
    • Prohibited
    • Prohibited
    • Permitted
    • Permitted. Must be in a clear plastic bag.

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