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Football Fri Jan 29 2010

Wrigley Field To Potentially Host Illini Vs Wildcats?


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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