Northwestern to Host Football Games at Wrigley Field

The Wildcats and the Chicago Cubs have entered into a five-year marketing agreement. No game dates have been scheduled.

Northwestern University and the Chicago Cubs announced an agreement Tuesday that will result in the university hosting athletic events for many of its 19 varsity programs at Wrigley Field, including five football games, USA Today reported

The Cubs entered into a five-year marketing agreement with Northwestern’s athletic department that goes through 2017, game dates have yet to be scheduled depending on the Wildcats’ football schedules and the planned Wrigley Field renovation project, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. 

The partnership between a school and a professional franchise is the first of its kind and will benefit many Northwestern teams and Cubs’ employees who seek graduate-level education, Chicago Tribune reported.

Mimi Roeder February 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Northwestern is taking its football games and other field events to Wrigley Field. The Evanston business community and its citizen's will suffer another economic loss as a result of this decision.
Kip MacMillan February 05, 2013 at 11:11 PM
No Northwestern football at Dyche stadium? What are they thinking??? Evanston will suffer financially as NU stiffs the community again.
michael February 06, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Well Central Street will really lose out besides the whole rest of Evanston. Still going to give our lake front away to Northwestern Univ. City Council????? Glad your all for the collaboration that has been taking place. NOT
Emilie Giacobbe February 06, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I actually disagree with the concerns about loss to Central Street business, I think this could be fantastic for Central Street business/Evanston business in the long run. As a 10 year season ticket holder, I see how very undersold many, many games are. Aside from the occasional sell out when a big team like Ohio State or Nebraska plays in Evanston, most games are well under capacity. By holding a few games at Wrigley, it can increase interest in the team and in the long run actually increase Ryan field attendance which would serve to help Central Street business. As the smallest school in the Big10, we need to find a way to increase our fan base. I always carry a small concern that we will eventually be eliminated from the Big10, given our small size and the fact that NU is the only private school. IF - and I know its a big if - but if we were eventually eliminated from the Big10, it would mean a drastic decrease in football attendance and a further negative impact on Evanston business. Please note it will not be ALL games at Wrigley, its not a permanent shift but an occasional move.


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