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Memorial Stadium


Considered one of the most distinctive sports stadiums in the nation, Memorial Stadium seats over 70,000 people. The second story of the stadium is a colonnade of 181 limestone columns representing University of Illinois students who perished in World War I.

During construction of the stadium, a rainy season caused a bulldozer to sink into what became the football field. Officials found that it would be cheaper to leave the bulldozer buried beneath the field rather than attempting to excavate it. It's still there.

Memorial Stadium was dedicated on October 18, 1924 at a football game against the University of Michigan. In that legendary game, Illini Harold 'Red' Grange scored four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes, ran for a fifth touchdown, and passed for a sixth!

View Memorial Stadium on the campus map.



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