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Memorial Stadium “Rededication Game” set for Illinois vs. Michigan

The Illini are setting the stage for a big weekend in October.


When defending national champions Michigan and (presumably) Jim Harbaugh come to Champaign in October, it will be a big weekend for Memorial Stadium.

Illinois on Tuesday announced plans to have a “Rededication Game” for Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19 — 100 years and one day from Red Grange’s historic performance against Michigan (four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes; he would finish with six).

That famous game was Memorial Stadium’s “Dedication Game,” to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war.

Illinois also announced a yearlong celebration of the stadium, which officials said will include special events, merchandise, and in-game features. There was also a new logo unveiled.

Last year, the Illini’s home field was among 18 venues named in a new congressional venture, called the Congressional Historic Stadium Caucus, which would protect historic stadiums.