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Football Fri Jan 29 2010

Wrigley Field To Potentially Host Illini Vs Wildcats?

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According to numerous reports the athletic directors for Northwestern and the University of Illinois are in discussions with the Chicago Cubs regarding Wrigley Field hosting the two teams in a Thanksgiving weekend football game. The deal makes a ton of sense from a financial standpoint (tons of U of I and NW alum in Chicago would flock to this game = $$$) and lots of U of I students would likely be home in the 'burbs meaning tickets would be a hot, hot item. Wrigley Field hosted the Bears for the better part of the 20th Century (1921-1970) so the field space and logistics make sense too.

I think it's a great idea, it gives Chicagoans a unique opportunity to check out the two major college football teams in the state and it gives the Cubs and Wrigley a chance to showcase the grand, old stadium out-of-season --'cause the Cubbies ain't using it after September, am I right, folks?

 
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harmon / February 1, 2010 4:39 PM

Here's a vote against it. Credentials: a wife & one kid are NU grads, two other kids are (or about to be) UI grads. Three reasons: (1) apparently NU gives up homefield advantage unless ALL NU/IU games are played at Wrigley; (2)non-Chicago area IU students get the shaft and (3) No Mustard's Last Stand.

The only advantage I see is that maybe it will make the Sun-Times & Trib pay attention to homestate teams, instead of that team from Indiana.

Brian Lauvray / February 1, 2010 9:30 PM

Interesting points, Harmon. I think if it was set up as a "test" field for the next two games it might work out. Also, with NU, I wonder how much of a homefield advantage they really have (no offense). I think a lot of IU students would be willing to come over for an extended weekend in Chicago, but that's just me. Also, I think that the game being in such a storied arena as Wrigley would generate a little more media attention and recruiting publicity which Zook and Fitzgerald would be thrilled about.

Austin / July 6, 2010 8:58 PM

The field was too tight a fit during the NFL days...I can't believe they're going to try it again now, with more concern placed on safety and making sure the field fits within a prescribed space.

Matt / November 6, 2010 9:54 PM

@Austin, when the Bears played in there the nfl did not exist.

OtherMatt / November 20, 2010 4:27 AM

@Matt- NFL was founded in 1920, Bears final game at Wrigley was 1970. Soooo....

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