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IHSA football championships drew nearly 30,000
 

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IHSA football championships drew nearly 30,000
  • With their fans cheering in the background, Batavia players celebrate their Class 6A football championship at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Nov. 30

    Purchase Photo | With their fans cheering in the background, Batavia players celebrate their Class 6A football championship at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Nov. 30 Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central players celebrate and acknowledge the cheers from their fans after defeating Loyola Academy last month to win the Class 8A football title at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Nov. 30.

    Purchase Photo | Naperville Central players celebrate and acknowledge the cheers from their fans after defeating Loyola Academy last month to win the Class 8A football title at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Nov. 30. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

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DEKALB -- Organizers of this year's high school football state finals say the two-day event drew nearly 30,000 fans to Northern Illinois University's football stadium.

That represents an increase from the previous year, when about 26,800 fans attended the games at Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign, according to a Daily Chronicle report.

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DeKalb hosted the finals for the first time in November, and Saturday's games included several teams from the Chicago suburbs: Montini, Batavia, Richards, Lake Zurich, Mount Carmel, Loyola Academy and Naperville Central.

DeKalb will alternate hosting duties for the final games with Champaign-Urbana as part of arrangement that runs through 2021 with the Illinois High School Association.

Northern Illinois was able to secure the championship games because of the school's closeness to Chicago, which organizers hoped would bring more fans to the games.

The finals return to DeKalb in 2015.

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