staff, August 7, 2012

For the first time since 1994, the Illinois football team will play a game at Soldier Field. The school announced Tuesday that it will play Washington on Sept. 14, 2013, at the historic home of the Chicago Bears.

[ Illini to play at Soldier Field in 2013]

"This is a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the most historic football venues in the nation," Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "Soldier Field is in an incredible location that will allow our fans in the Chicagoland area and from around the state an opportunity to watch the Fighting Illini take on an outstanding Pac-12 opponent in Washington."

The last time Illinois played at Soldier Field it was against Washington's in-state rival, Washington State, which carded a 10-9 victory.

Ticket information for the Illinois-Washington game at Soldier Field will be announced a later date.