The Nebraska Cornhuskers will head to Ryan Field this Saturday to take on the Northwestern Wildcats in a game that could be the last in Evanston for a while. According to a report, the game could be played at historic Wrigley Field in the future.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne has stated nothing is final yet, and at this point it is just something the school is discussing. They have also talked about playing Northern Illinois at Soldier Field.
This wouldn’t be the first Big 10 game played at Wrigley Field. Northwestern played the Illinois Fighting Illini there in 2010. As expected the atmosphere was outstanding for a football game, but there were some logistical issues that may have to be sorted out. Only one of the end zones was usable because of the location of a brick wall right at the back of the other end zone.
An interesting thing to note here is that Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts may be very interested in the game taking place. Ricketts is an Omaha native as well as a Cornhuskers fan, who now resides in Evanston. It would seem he would definitely support the idea and was a big proponent of the game in 2010.
Nebraska has yet to pitch the idea to Northwestern, and if this is going to happen, they will probably need to fix the end zone situation by possibly re-positioning the field.
Ryan Field could actually accommodate more fans than Wrigley. A crowd of over 41,000 saw the game at Wrigley in 2010 and Ryan Field can hold more than 47,000. However, tickets surely would be more expensive for a unique atmosphere like Wrigley and would probably generate some solid revenue for both sides.
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