IHSA playoffs need a new venue

IHSA playoffs need a new venue

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Starting in 2013, the IHSA will need a new venue in odd numbered years for the state football finals.

With an expanded Big Ten starting in 2011, Illinois will be playing home games on Thanksgiving weekend every other year starting in 2013. That will mean the state football finals will need to be moved out of Memorial Stadium in those years.

Illinois will be on the road Thanksgiving weekend in 2011 (Minnesota) and 2012 (Northwestern). Big Ten schedules for 2013 and beyond have not been released.

"We are certainly disappointed, but very understanding," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. "The University of Illinois has given us a world-class facility in Memorial Stadium to contest our state finals and the entire Champaign-Urbana community has offered a first-class atmosphere for the competing schools and fans. We look forward to returning the IHSA Football State Finals to Memorial Stadium every other year and will begin to investigate other potential sites to host the finals in the years that the University of Illinois is unable to host."

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illini82 wrote on February 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

It would be a shame to lose FB too after losing basketball.

I still would love to have Bball back at AH. Some of my best AH memories are of my old H.S. playing there in Elite Eight in the 70's and 80's.

C-U including the University and hotels never once thought that basketball would leave but the IHSAA got tired of the B.S. and took their toy and left.

But, now with the watered down tourney you could never get the same atmosphere back anyway.

I strongly believe that having both tourneys at the University really helps with recruiting. Losing basketball has really hurt IMO.

Northwestern will be in the same boat we are unless they can alternate. It might be back to old ISU in Bloomington. Soldier Field has the Bears so where else can you go? ISU or NIU seem likely.

stephenl wrote on February 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Last I checked, the Bears don't play on Friday or Saturday, but Soldier Field is completely out of the question until they address the horrid turf.

Too bad Wrigley can't rebuild right field a few yards.

rd1989 wrote on February 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

With 8 games in 2 days, where ever they go would have to be the fake stuff

myattitude wrote on February 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

A chance to rag on someone other than Illinois. When they rebuilt Soldier Field, they made a huge mistake. It should have been built with a dome and I think they realize that now. The impact is in the following areas.

1) Unlikely to get many Super Bowls in February.

2) January playoofs there are not much fun.

3) Now that there is a Big Ten Championship game they are not the most attractive place for it.

4) They would have had artificial turf most likely unless they put in a retractable dome allowing other events.

5) Colleges could have made more use of it as the grass wouldn't be such a big problem.

6) Bettter for other events such as concerts.

They really blew it.

I agree that losing the IHSA events is not good either.

DaisyJ wrote on February 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

It will be Illinois State. It is big enough, central enough. Afterall, only 7 and 8 A teams are actually from schools above I80 so they will

need to stay central for one to six

CecilColeman wrote on February 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

If there are 8 classes that means 16 teams in the finals. Of those 16 teams there won't be 10 players that play what we once knew as Division 1 football.

ISU the perfect home for this; so is Eastern.

jimbo2009 wrote on February 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

IHSA BB back in the AH? You have got to be kidding? Have you been to a game recently at the Peoria Civic Center (cap. about 10,000)? The watered down tournament has killed attendance and having a couple thousand show up for a game at AH would look pathetic. Glory days are over once they ended the 2 class system.