Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/24/13
It is believed that Illinois football invented the homecoming tradition in college athletics. Other schools make similar claims, but the University of Illinois has as much of a claim as any, and this is a website run by a University of Illinois alum (did the colors give it away? The Bears actually got their colors from UI, and my high school also was orange and blue). In addition to its traditional on-campus homecoming Oct. 26 vs. Michigan State, Illinois football will host a “Chicago Homecoming” this fall for the thousands of UI alumni in Chicagoland when the Fighting Illini face the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field on Sept. 14. Let’s hope Tim Beckman learns a few things between now and then. As part of the Chicago Homecoming festivities, there will be tailgating opportunities and a special Chicago-style Street Fest area located just outside Soldier Field for fans and alumni to enjoy a day full of activities at the home of the Chicago Bears. More details on pregame activities available for fans attending the game will be forthcoming. “The Illinois football game at Soldier Field in September will be an outstanding opportunity for our fans and alumni to experience a game at one of the nation’s iconic football venues,” Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. “We’ll bring as much tradition and Illini game-day atmosphere as possible to the Windy City as we celebrate a Chicago Homecoming. I have no doubt this will be a very memorable day for fans of all ages.” Illinois football fans are asked to purchase their Chicago Homecoming tickets directly from the Illinois Ticket Office. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an author and regular contributor to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker. Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks) The post Illinois Football hosting Chicago Homecoming this fall appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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