CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Fighting Illini Athletics along with the Marching Illini will host a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Stadium’s dedication, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) announced Tuesday. Memorial Stadium’s Dedication Game famously occurred against Michigan on Oct. 18, 1924, when Red Grange gained national headlines after scoring four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes then later running for a fifth touchdown and throwing for a sixth to take down the previously-undefeated Wolverines. 

Illinois is set to host Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 19, 100 years and one day from Grange’s historic performance. The game will be marked as Memorial Stadium’s “Rededication Game” with the 100th anniversary celebrations lasting throughout the year. 

Illinois will honor Memorial Stadium in a number of ways in 2024, including special events, commemorative merchandise, season-ticket holder benefits, and in-game features. The logo honoring the Memorial Stadium 100th Anniversary was released this morning and is now prominently displayed on the banners inside of Grange Grove. 

Season tickets are now on sale for the Memorial Stadium 100th Anniversary football season. After the 2023 FamILLy First campaign saw an increase of over 10,000 new season tickets sold, the DIA looks to continue to grow the strong community atmosphere and gameday experience at Memorial Stadium. To continue the FamILLy First initiative of the 2023 season, season ticket prices start at only $100 to provide an affordable entry point for all fans. The price also pays tribute to Memorial Stadium’s 100th Anniversary.

Season ticket holders who renew or purchase by March 1 will have the opportunity to select physical season tickets. Illinois had previously announced that all tickets would be mobile beginning in 2024. To ease the transition, football season ticket holders will have the opportunity for another season of physical tickets if they renew their tickets prior to March 1. Additional benefits for season ticket holders include opportunities to purchase seat backs for the full season, select monthly payment plan options, enjoy discounted golf rounds at Atkins Golf Club, and much more.