Originally Posted by illinicb
Up until the late 70s or so, there was a track that was in place around the football field and the area between the south end of the field and the stands was used for some track things as well (this part I'm not as confident of).
Back in the early 20s when Memorial Stadium was built, track was still a pretty popular sport I believe (as was boxing and horse racing) and Illinois was a track power for years, although I'm not sure about that era. Now I'm not sure if or how many track meets they even have at home.
Okay, that would account for the space. Just curious, thanks!