Three sites in running to host football finals

The Illinois High School Association board announced Tuesday it will decide at its June meeting between three sites to host the state football finals in odd years beginning in 2013.

The board will chose between bids for the football stadiums at Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois.

The state finals have been held at Memorial Stadium in Champaign since 1999, but the stadium will be required by the Illini football team every other year on the days of the state finals because of a change in the Big Ten’s scheduling.

Sites specifications included having a minimum of 12,000 seats and artificial turf field.