UIHistories Project: A History of the University of Illinois by Kalev Leetaru
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The Stadium Campaign

Memorial Stadium was largely a student-driven effort, launched in 1921, with 6,000 students gathering April 25, 1921 to discuss the proposal being circulated, with more than $700,000 donated that day. Today, despite a recent massive rennovation, the building still looks very much like it did 80 years ago and stands as a memorial to University of Illinois students who lost their lives in World War I.

Proposed Designs

See two of the proposed designs for the stadium that were never realized:

The Stadium Drive

Read two of the books describing the stadium drive:


Not invited to the original dedication in 1923? Read the original invite and dedication booklet:

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    Drawing - Proposed Memorial Stadium #1 (1921)
    Drawing - Proposed Memorial Stadium #2 (1921)
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