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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Northwestern approves facility upgrades

By Brian Bennett

Northwestern has a chance to get to 3-0 today against Boston College.

But an even bigger story for the Wildcats' future happened off the field Friday. As the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein reports, the school's trustees approved a long-awaited, much-needed facility overhaul for the athletic program.

The project, in the works since 2010, is expected to cost between $225 million and $250 million and will help several teams. Football might be the biggest beneficiary. From Greenstein's story:
"Sources expect the on-campus facility to be a "game-changer" for football recruiting, providing a wow factor for recruits and allowing players to practice, lift weights and meet with coaches and academic advisers without having to trudge a mile west to the Ryan Field area.

"The drawings look spectacular," one source said.

We have ranked Northwestern's football facilities as the worst in the Big Ten, and the program has needed a sprucing up for some time.

We'll talk more about this next week, but it looks like a big addition for the Wildcats' future.