Hotels near Memorial Stadium are always on sale with CheapOair! Memorial Stadium is a football stadium and was built in 1923 as a memorial to Illinois men and women who gave their lives for their country during World War I. the stadium is home to University's football team and is owned and operated by University of Illinois. The first game here was held on November 3, 1923 between Chicago-Illinois, where Illinois won 7-0. The stadium's highest single event attendance was 78,297, for a football game against the University of Missouri in 1984 and has a seating capacity of 62,870 people. Find great deals on cheap hotels near Memorial Stadium, and count on CheapOair for all your travel booking needs!