Monday, October 20, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #25

Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Champaign, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois. The stadium is dedicated as a memorial to the Univeristy of Illinois students who died in World War I. Their names are engraved on the nearly 200 pillars surrounding the stadium's facade. 
The stadium is primarily used as the home of the Univeristy's football team.  It was completed in 1923 and the first game played in a partially completed stadium was the Chicago-Illinois game on November 3, 1923, and the Fighting Illini were born.
This statue of Harold Edward "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost". Red was a college and professional halfback for the University of Illinois footbal team, the Chicago Bears, and for a short-lived New York Yankees football team. In 2008, he was named the best college football player of all time by ESPN.

Although it is mainly used for football, this past weekend it was used to host the 2014 University of Illinois Band Championships, which is why I happened to be there this weekend. Missy Punk's high school band was in the competition. this is a shot I took Saturday. I finally found some beautiful fall trees. Here is where I will deviate from my normal "old stuff" post. 

Punk's band got several awards, such as best performance, and a couple others that I can't remember.  

The Marching Band receiving the highest score in combined classes 1A, 2A, and 3A received the Illinois Marching Band Championships Governor's Grand Champion Trophy. 

Guess who the Grand Champions were? Yep, Punk's amazing band. 

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27 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I like the idea of the etched names in all the columns!!
And congrats to the band. How exciting.

Brian King said...

Nice photos of the stadium. Congratulations to her and the band! I think it's great to have those names engraved on the pillars!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh how exciting to be there when YOUR favourite band won!

TexWisGirl said...

congratulations to missy punk and her bandmates! awesome! really cool to have the dedications on the pillars.

Linda Kay said...

My nephews daughters were in a band competition last weekend, but in Indiana. I was raised just about an hour north of Champaign, and have many friends who attended U of I. My degree is from U of I Springfield.

Marie said...

Just not "into" football but I love the look of the old stadium, and the memorial to the WWI vets! I know, I know...my Mom LOVES college ball! I used to get so tickled at she and Dad hooting and hollering when they watched the Alabama/Auburn game! :-) Alabama is really the only one I care to win since my hubby is an alumnus. Oh, and my nephew plays for Rutgers. I watched one of his games once but he wasn't playing yet then because he was such a newbie, but all I was doing was looking for him on the sidelines. :-)

Stephanie said...

Congratulations and great series of images!

Mascha said...

Great architekture and: congratulations to the band :-)
Thanks for hosting

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of the building.

Karen S. said...

Great photos thanks for sharing.

Hazel Ceej said...

Marching bands and galloping ghosts - very interesting things to me. I will surely read more of the galloping ghost. It intrigues me.

Judy said...

Football uniforms certainly have changed since that guy was playing!!

Ginny said...

Congratulations to them! What a lovely stadium, really perfect for this memorial. So many columns, meaning so many dead. So sad, but a wonderful tribute.

LV said...

Loved all the things you shared today. The fall trees are so pretty and vivid.

Lois said...

Congratulations! I have been to many band competitions through the years because my daughter was in the marching band in high school and was also a member of the Florida State University Marching Chiefs when she was in college. She is now a high school band director in Orlando, so I guess I'll be a band mom for life!

Felicia said...

beautiful images. Congrats to Miss Punk.

Jen said...

I had no idea the stadium was built as a memorial. What a beautiful tribute. Congratulations on the win!

doodles n daydreams said...

Congrats to the band, what a great day out.

Diana

Halcyon said...

What a nice memorial to the students who died. Glad to hear your band won!

Tanya Breese said...

what a beautiful stadium, i love the memorial...congrats!! how fun!

georgettesullins said...

Congratulations! She will always remember this. Love the tour and the significance of the pillars. I remember watching MSU play the fighting Illini back in the day in East Lansing.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Great sculptures! Really nice shots.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Congratulations! Being from Illinois, I can appreciate this. Great post!

Amy Burzese said...

A gorgeous stadium. Those trees are SOOOO pretty! Congratulations to the band members - and their proud families :)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Congratulations to Missy Punk's band! How exciting!

Beautiful stadium and it was interesting to learn the history behind it.

Beautiful fall foliage you captured!

Lindy

lorik said...

Great meme... i will be back:)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Congratulations to the band, Roan!Just impressive architecture.

Thanks for your nice comments on my Tranquil day post and on my 9th Blog Birthday. So sweet of you.