IHSA Football Championship Venue To Shift In 2013

The Big Ten’s expansion to 12 teams will impact more than just college sports. It’s affecting the location of the IHSA Football Championship Game.

Starting in 2013 the game will be shifted from the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium during every odd year to accommodate an additional Big Ten home game for the Illini.

Since 1999, the IHSA Football Championships have been held on Thanksgiving weekend at Memorial Stadium.

“We are certainly disappointed, but very understanding,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman in a statement. “The University of Illinois has given us a world-class facility in Memorial Stadium to contest our state finals and the entire Champaign-Urbana community has offered a first-class atmosphere for the competing schools and fans.”

Before 1999 the Championship games were held at at Hancock Stadium on the Illinois State University campus in Normal, those games began in 1974. A scheduling conflict with an Illinois State home game led to the move.

“We look forward to returning the IHSA Football State Finals to Memorial Stadium every other year,”Hickman said, “and will begin to investigate other potential sites to host the finals in the years that the University of Illinois is unable to host.”

  • rdsx2

    How about the field owned by the Chicago Park District?? Soldier Field!!

    • Dre Herron

      how about,,,NO

  • Bob Loblaw

    The Prep Bowl has been played on that Friday in Soldier Field for decades. The CCL and CPL would never give that venue up. Plus, do you really want Soldier Field to host 7 more football games during the NFL season? The field would look like a scene from a World War I movie!


    I’m not sure where the IHSA plans on relocating the state football championships come 2013 as a direct result of the Big Ten’s expansion and Illinois hosting another game in Champaign come Thanksgiving Weekend. They could head to Illinois State in Bloomington/Normal, Ryan Field in Evanston where Northwestern plays or perhaps Huskie Stadium in DeKalb where NIU plays if Chicago’s own Soldier Field isn’t an option for IHSA’s powers that be. Those are 4 venues that I could think of right away as places the IHSA could host the state football championships.

    I know after many, many years at Assembly Hall on the U of I campus, the IHSA relocated the state basketball championships many years ago for the girls to ISU’s Redbird Arena in Bloomington & the boys in Peoria at Redbird Arena on the Bradley University campus. I’ll be as interested as anyone regarding where the IHSA will relocate its state football championships come 2013. It’s not much now, but stay tuned.

  • Mark

    Dekalb is an excellent idea!

  • Donnie Laur

    The new Saluki Field at SIU Carbondale is only one season old, hold 15K in a bowl style stadium and has the same field turf that only U of Texas has with a super large video scoreboard.

  • Dan Rakow

    I would like the IHSA to have the Best venue in the odd number years as much as possible especially for the Schools that have to do all the traveling.

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