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Northwestern set to announce future Wrigley Field games

Mikel Leshoure AP

Not so unexpectedly, the Illinois-Northwestern game in November of 2010 won’t be the last played at a historic major league ballpark.

According to multiple media outlets, Northwestern is set to announce that multiple future games will be played at Wrigley Field.  The details of the scheduling arrangement are expected to be revealed in a joint press conference with Chicago Cubs officials Tuesday.

Whether the same configuration featuring just one usable end zone will be utilized for future games remains to be seen.

In the Illini’s 48-27 win over the Wildcats three years ago, running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for a school record 330 yards.  159 of those yards came in the first quarter alone.

That Big Ten clash marked the first football game at Wrigley Field since 1970.  The Chicago bears called the ivy-clad park home from 1921-1970 before moving to Soldier Field.

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5 Responses to “Northwestern set to announce future Wrigley Field games”
  1. thegamecocker says: Feb 3, 2013 9:09 AM

    This makes no sense to me because of the stadium capacity limitation. Folks who would have wanted to attend the game will now be out of luck. What is the rationale behind this move?

  2. queenlivekillers says: Feb 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    I get the desire to make this game special, but unless the space limitations at Wrigley have been addressed (like both teams sharing a sideline, playing in same direction), why not play at Soldier Field?

  3. thegamecocker says: Feb 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    @queenlive….

    Now that makes sense!!!

  4. gocatsgo2003 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    (I’m probably the only Northwestern fan on here and I don’t get much of a chance to contribute, so I’m taking the opportunity dang it.)

    1) Capacity at Wrigley for the last game against Illinois was 41,058. Sadly, that’s not much different from our normal stadium (capacity of about 48,700) and the difference is easily made up by charging premiums for a Wrigley game.

    2) The space issues at Wrigley are exactly why the games will not occur until 2014 at the earliest. Wrigley has already filed paperwork to make the first few rows of seats removable/movable so that we don’t run into the same embarrassing one-way problem in a redux of the original game.

    All in all, repeat Wrigley games will open us up to additional fans and once again puts a “buzz” around Northwestern football that we don’t often have. Hopefully we can find the right opponent for the match-up.

  5. thegamecocker says: Feb 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    @gocatsgo2003

    I think you are short-changing yourself re support for Northwestern. There are many tangential fans such as myself who root for a good showing by Northwestern. It’s the smallest school in the Big Ten that has a wonderful football heritage and great academics! Admission standards are rigid but Chi Town is a great place to attend college! Those that attend Northwestern love it! Same with many of the Big Ten schools. Love that Rutgers will be part of this esteemed group of colleges!

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