The 2013 game against Washington will be Illinois' second-ever game at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
Aug. 7, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced that the Fighting Illini will play the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 14, 2013. It will mark Illinois' second game at the historic home of the Chicago Bears.
"This is a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the most historic football venues in the nation," Thomas said. "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."
Illinois' only other game at Soldier Field was against current Pac-12 member Washington State on Sept. 1, 1994, a 10-9 victory for the Cougars. 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.
The Illinois-Washington game at Soldier Field is being organized by RPPI (Russ Potts Productions, Inc.), which has organized and promoted more than 750 sporting events since 1982. Russ Potts was vice president of the Chicago White Sox in 1981-82.
Ticket information for the Illinois-Washington game at Soldier Field will be announced a later date.
Future Games Added; 2013 Schedule Completed | Future Schedules
In addition to the game in Chicago, Illinois announced that it will host Miami (Ohio) at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28, 2013, finalizing the 2013 slate, and also added future non-conference games with Youngstown State (2014), Western Illinois (2015), Kent State (2015) and Western Michigan (2016).
Illinois' 2013 non-conference slate features home games against Southern Illinois (Aug. 31) and Cincinnati (Sept. 7), in addition to the Sept. 28 home game against Miami (Ohio) and the Washington game at Soldier Field.
The Fighting Illini will open the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 by hosting Youngstown State at Memorial Stadium, giving the Illini two non-conference games set for that season. The Orange and Blue also have a return game at Washington slated for Sept. 13, 2014. The two remaining non-conference games for 2014 will be announced at a later date.
Illinois has two non-conference games set for 2015, as the Illini are set to host Western Illinois on Sept. 5 and Kent State on Sept. 12. In 2016, the Fighting Illini will travel to Western Michigan on Sept. 10 in a return game for the 2012 home game against the Broncos.
With the games announced on Tuesday, Illinois 2013 schedule is now complete. Two non-conference games are scheduled for 2014 and 2015 and one for 2016.
2012 Tickets On Sale
The 2012 Fighting Illini will be led by new head coach Tim Beckman, who came to Illinois after three successful seasons at Toledo. Illinois is coming off bowl victories in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history after victories in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and 2010 Texas Bowl against UCLA and Baylor, respectively. The Fighting Illini have seven home games in 2012, starting with the season-opener at Memorial Stadium against Western Michigan on Sept. 1. Season and single-game tickets are on sale now.