There’s a report out of Chicago today that Washington’s game at Illinois on Sept. 14, 2013 will be played at Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears.
Here’s the Tweet, from Ryan Baker of WBBM-TV/CBS2 in Chicago.
There’s no official confirmation of this by either school (though as the home team, it would basically be Illinois’ call).
Chicago is roughly two hours from Illinois’ campus in Champaign. Illinois has not played at Soldier Field since 1994, interestingly enough against Washington State.
But Illinois officials mentioned in the spring being interested in playing one game a year at Soldier Field, preferably against a big-name non-conference foe. In particular, Illinois wanted to play at Soldier Field in odd-numbered years when it does not play at Northwestern, which is also located in the Chicago area, thereby giving the Illini a presence in Chicago every year. The UW game would obviously fit that desire.
Solider Field has one of the most storied traditions in football, and was renovated in 2003.
UW recently announced that it was moving its 2013 home opener against Boise State up to Aug. 31. UW would then have a bye before playing at Illinois.
Illinois opens the 2013 season with home games against Southern Illinois and Cincinnati before hosting UW.
Playing in an NFL stadium won’t be anything new for UW after this season, when it will play all of its home games at CenturyLink Field while Husky Stadium is being renovated.