4/23 Are you ready for some football?
The Cubs and Northwestern University announced Friday the Wildcats will play host to Illinois on Nov. 20 in a Big Ten football game. It’s the first college football game at Wrigley since 1938 when DePaul played home games at the ballpark. It also will be the first football game of any kind at the Cubs’ home park since the Chicago Bears last played an NFL game there in December 1970.
Tickets will be available through the Northwestern ticket office. In order to purchase a ticket for the Nov. 20 contest, fans must purchase season tickets for Northwestern’s five home games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Season tickets are now on sale through Wildcat ticket outlets, including the Ryan Field Box Office or NUsports.com.
The field will run from the Cubs dugout to the right field bleachers. When the Chicago Bears called Wrigley home, the field ran from left field to the visitor’s dugout.
Northwestern and Illinois have played at Wrigley before. On Oct. 27, 1923, the two schools squared off at what was then called Cubs Park in front of 32,000 fans. The Nov. 20 game will mark the 104th game between the Big Ten rivals; they first played in 1892.
— Carrie Muskat