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Harrison and Burton at the Chicago-Illinois football game, 1924

Carter H. Harrison and Ernest D. Burton at the Chicago-Illinois football game, November 8, 1924. Although Burton knew little about athletics before becoming president, he soon realized the importance of football to the University's image. Shortly before this game, plans were announced to build a new football stadium with double the existing seating capacity of 32,000.