Chicago’s Wrigley Field, fondly tagged “The Friendly Confines” by Chicago Cubs baseball fans, will likely host a Big Ten Conference football game in the fall of 2010. This college game will be the first football game to be played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field in 40 years.
The Wildcats (of Northwestern University) will square off against the Fighting Illini (of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana) on Saturday, November 20th, and the game is expected to take place at Wrigley Field.
The November 20th football game will be considered a home game on the 2010 schedule for Northwestern’s Wildcats, who usually play at Ryan Field on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois.
Press conference on April 23rd.
An official announcement of the November 20thcollege football game at “The Friendly Confines” is anticipated during a press conference, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Friday, April 23rd in the third-base dugout at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Officials from the Chicago Cubs (including Cubs President Crane Kenney), the Chicago Bears and Northwestern University (including athletic director Jim Phillips) are expected to participate in the press conference.
During the landmark occasion for Midwestern college football fans, the purple (Northwestern University) and orange (University of Illinois) is likely to fly.
The Northwestern/University of Illinois football game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field will kick off at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, November 20th – the first day of the college Thanksgiving break.
What is Wrigley Field?
Located at Addison and Clark on Chicago’s North side, Wrigley Field has been the official home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team since 1916.
Of course, Chicago’s Wrigley Field also housed the Chicago Bears football team from 1921 to 1970 (before the opening of Chicago’s Soldier Field).
On New Year’s Day of 2009, the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic II was played at Wrigley Field, with the Chicago Blackhawks facing off against the Detroit Red Wings.
Chicago’s Wrigley Field has also served as venue for concerts by Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Rascal Flatts and other artists.
Yankee Stadium in New York to host 2010 college football as well.
The Army and Notre Dame college football teams will play at New York’s Yankee Stadium on the same Saturday in November. In subsequent years, the Army team will host Rutgers University (in 2011), the Air Force Academy (in 2012) and Boston College (in 2014).