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2013 Illini-Washington game to be played at Soldier Field

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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.

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6 Responses to “2013 Illini-Washington game to be played at Soldier Field”
  1. bmceh says: Aug 7, 2012 7:07 PM

    Love it. Just wish we were heading to Chi town this September instead of Baton Rouge for a Bayou beatdown.

  2. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 7, 2012 7:37 PM

    How does this relate to Penn State?

  3. southernpatriots says: Aug 7, 2012 7:50 PM


    While I was double checking the seating capacity of Soldier Stadium (61,500), you beat me in to post. My heart does go out to you, but be encouraged. The 92,542 with thousands more standing and making a combined sound like an earthquake will greet you during the game. It is best to bring ear plugs (as I do!).

    Your trip to Baton Rouge will not be in vain. You will meet some great fans and some may well become lifelong friends before the game is over. When you arrive, make sure you are wearing a Huskies t-shirt or sweatshirt. LSU fans will trade you and purple and gold one.

    Go by the best tailgating in the world, and just in case you think I am exaggerating, just go by and be wearing a Husky shirt or a banner and tell them you have not yet sampled great Louisiana cooking…get ready for the best culinary experience of your life. I don’t know if we will be set up for the game because I have some patients who are scheduled to undergo double lung transplants that could take place around that time. We do hope to be out there for the Bama game and several others this season.

    Be prepared to hear “Tiger Bait!” from the tailgaters, but do not take offense. Keep a smile on your face and be friendly and all will lower their competitive nature and welcome you to some of the best Southern and Cajun hospitality you will ever experience. If you are going to stay and BR or NO a few days before or after, there are some great restaurants we can recommend.

  4. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 8, 2012 9:49 AM

    Did they mention in the press release if both offenses will move toward the same end zone?

  5. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 8, 2012 12:45 PM

    Well said southernpatriots!! Well said!!

  6. bmceh says: Aug 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    Thanks southernpatriots –
    I have heard great things about the hospitality of LSU fans. I’m sure it’d be a great experience regardless of the game itself.

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