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The first game at Memorial Stadium was 100 years ago today

A sepia toned photo of Memorial Stadium in 1923.
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Thanks to Tom Kacich, I learned that today is the 100th birthday of Memorial Stadium. The first game was played there on November 3rd, 1923.

Here’s a good spot to read up on the history of the stadium. Last year, U of I shared some “through the years” photos that show how it’s changed throughout the century. Of course beyond all Illinois football that’s happened there, it was home to the first Farm Aid and hosted the Chicago Bears for a season while Soldier Field was undergoing renovation. I remember there was a huge debate about serving alcohol at those games. Now I’m freely slurping down Watson’s boozy slushes to ease my disappointment about the season.

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