Nearly two decades after making its first visit to the storied NFL stadium, Illinois will soon make a return trip to Soldier Field.
In a release, the Illini confirmed its Sept. 14, 2013 game against Washington will be played in Chicago at the home of the Bears.
“This is a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the most historic football venues in the nation,” athletic director Mike Thomas said in a statement. “Soldier Field is in an incredible location that will allow our fans in the Chicagoland area and from around the state an opportunity to watch the Fighting Illini take on an outstanding Pac-12 opponent in Washington.”
Oddly enough, the Illini’s last game at Soldier Field also featured a Pac-12 opponent from the state of Washington. On Sept. 1, 1994, the Illini faced Washington State, dropping a 10-9 decision to the Cougars.
As noted in the release, the 2013 contest against Washington will be Illinois’ first in the city of Chicago since the 48-27 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20, 2010.