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UI submits bids for three high school championships
Jeff Unger, News Bureau (217) 333-1085
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois will be submitting a bid to the Illinois High School Association in an effort to bring championship games in three sports to campus. The bid seeks a five-year commitment from the IHSA for the events to be held at the UI.
The UI is hoping to retain the football championship games, the wrestling tournament and to attract the boy’s division 1-A basketball championship games.
The football games would be played at Memorial Stadium; wrestling and basketball would take place in Assembly Hall. The wrestling tournament has been on campus for 28 consecutive years.
The university has been working in conjunction with the Greater Champaign-Urbana Economic Partnership and the Champaign-Urbana Convention & Visitors Bureau to develop the bid.
The bids are due March 22.
The dates of the events:
Football: Nov. 23-24, 2001; Nov. 29-30, 2002; Nov. 28-29, 2003; Nov. 26-27, 2004; Nov. 25-26, 2005.
Wrestling: Feb. 16-17 2001; Feb. 15-16, 2002; Feb. 21-22, 2003; Feb. 20-21, 2004; Feb. 18-19, 2005.
Basketball (1-A): March 9-10, 2001; March 8-9, 2002; March 14-15, 2003; March 12-13, 2004; March 11-12, 2005.