First Homecoming Weekend | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
The first U of I Homecoming celebration was conceived in 1909 by students C.F. Williams and Elmer Ekblaw, members of the Shield and Trident senior society. The center of the three-day celebration was the Illinois-Chicago football game on Oct. 15, 1910. More than 1,500 graduates returned to Champaign-Urbana at the original Homecoming--one-third of all graduates at the time. Illinois defeated Chicago 3-0 on a drop-kick by Otto Seiler.
Oct 10, 1910
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Illinois defeats Chicago, 3-0, during first Homecoming weekend.
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