Monday, February 4, 2013
Wildcats could play more Wrigley games
By Brian Bennett
Northwestern could soon be playing more football games at Wrigley Field.
The school and the Chicago Cubs have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to announce a "major business announcement." The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein reports the two sides have brokered a broad partnership that could include some Wildcats teams like baseball, softball and soccer playing at Wrigley Field in 2013.
Northwestern won't play football in the friendly confines in 2013 but will rather wait until stadium renovations make the ballpark more suitable for the sport. The Wildcats played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010, but the field was such a tight squeeze that both teams' offenses had to go the same way. Still, school officials have expressed a desire to try another game at the iconic stadium in the future.
Greenstein writes that the best options for the next Northwestern game at Wrigley Field would be in 2014 vs. Iowa on Nov. 8 or Illinois on Nov. 29 and/or in 2015 vs. Michigan on Nov. 14 or Michigan State on Nov. 21.
Northwestern has billed itself as "Chicago's Big Ten team," and playing in one of the city's most beloved structures can only help that marketing cause. Assuming, of course, that they can get the dimensions fixed next time around.