Football is returning to Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs and Northwestern University are expected to announce the scheduling of future games as well as an expansion of a business relationship between the pair.
Renovations to Wrigley Field over the next few years are expected to allow for some field reconfigurations, which would give the team the ability to lay out a gridiron. Football is a big part of Wrigley Field’s history — the Chicago Bears have played more games at Wrigley Field than at Soldier Field — and current ownership has attempted to schedule football, only to end up with a shorter-than-regulation playing field and some odd rules for play when Northwestern and the University of Illinois squared off.
The Cubs have already address the field issue: Recent changes to Wrigley Field will add a row of seats behind home plate, and they’ll also add a removable 12-foot section down the third-base line, providing enough room for a full-length football field.
That clears the way for football at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Northwestern have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday that will detail future games as well as the new business relationship between the two. Moving a game a season to Wrigley Field; despite the resurgence in the football program, the Wildcats don’t often sell out Ryan Field, and there’s a lot of sponsorship dollars available if NU can cement its position as Chicago’s premier college football program. Games are expected to resume in 2014 once renovations are complete.
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