Results tagged ‘ Big Ten ’

9/11 Last 2014 homestand at Wrigley

The last homestand of the season at Wrigley Field begins Monday when the Cubs play host to the Reds. On Sept. 24, before the last regular season game, players will give away autographed baseballs in the stands. There will be fan appreciation giveaways on Cubs social media throughout the week as well. Tickets are available for the upcoming 10-game homestand at or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

* Security: Please note that beginning this homestand, the Cubs will begin metal detector screenings of fans entering Wrigley Field as part of a league-wide initiative to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. These security screenings are in addition to the current bag checks in place and will be uniform throughout the league during the 2015 season.

* WGN Radio: On Sept. 19, the Cubs will pay tribute to longstanding radio partner WGN Radio before the game and during the seventh inning stretch. WGN Radio aired Chicago’s first professional game Oct. 1, 1924, when the Cubs and White Sox played the post-season City Series at then-Cubs Park.

On April 14, 1925, WGN broadcast its first regular season Cubs game when Chicago beat Pittsburgh by an 8-2 margin. WGN carried the Cubs from 1924-1943, then served as the exclusive radio home for the team from 1958-2014. The Cubs announced earlier this season that WBBM 780-AM will be the team’s new flagship radio station beginning with the 2015 season. WBBM Radio had previously covered Cubs games at Wrigley Field from 1929-1940.

* Time change: Fans with tickets to Cubs vs. Dodgers Sept. 20 game should note FOX TV has selected the game for their FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” broadcast. As a result, the game time has been moved from 3:05 p.m. CT to 12:05 p.m. CT. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch.

* Donations needed: On Sept. 21, the Cubs and Baseball Tomorrow Fund encourage fans to donate new and gently used baseball and softball equipment for the 10th annual equipment day collection benefiting The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. To date, more than 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1.6 million in total monetary donations from this league-wide program have benefited organizations in need. Fans can bring their equipment to Gate D at Wrigley Field beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

* Salute: On Sept. 18, recipients of more than $330,000 in Cubs Charities Diamond Project grants will be recognized pregame for their commitments to improving the quality and safety of local baseball fields throughout the Chicago area. These grants were announced last week in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.

* Salute Part II: Cubs Charities and Bank of America will host a group of military members and their families for a pregame batting practice experience, player meet-and-greet and private dinner during the team’s final home game Sept. 24. Fans can help salute these troops during a Military Take the Field pregame ceremony that evening.

* Promotional Giveaways:
On Sept. 19, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Travel Blanket, presented by United Airlines. On Sept. 20, the first 10,000 fans can collect a Cubs Tumbler presented by Pepsi. On Sept. 21, the first 5,000 children 13-and-under will receive a Lunch Tote presented by Jewel-Osco. The first 1,000 kids can run the bases postgame as well, weather permitting.

* Big Ten:
Big Ten Rivalry Week kicks off Sept. 15, and matches heated rivals against each other for bragging rights and access to a ceremonial first pitch. Attendees will receive a Cubs shirt in the colors of their favorite Big Ten team. The lineup of Big Ten Rivalry Week matchups follows:

9/15: Indiana vs. Purdue
9/16: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
9/17: Michigan vs. Ohio State
9/21: Maryland vs. Rutgers
9/22: Michigan State vs. Penn State
9/23: Iowa vs. Nebraska
9/24: Illinois vs. Northwestern

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

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

4/22 Wildcats vs. Illini at Wrigley

The Cubs and Northwestern University are expected to announce Friday that Northwestern and Illinois will play a Big Ten football game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20. The ballpark, which has been the Cubs’ home since 1916, also was the home stadium for the Chicago Bears’ NFL team from 1921-70.

Officials from the Cubs, Northwestern and the Bears will hold a news conference Friday at Wrigley to announce the game.

When the Bears played at Wrigley, they added a portable bleacher section that spanned the right and center field areas and covered most of the existing bleacher seating. With the additional seating, Wrigley’s football capacity was around 46,000. The football field at that time ran north to south, so it went from left field to the foul side of first base.

Yankee Stadium will be the host site for the Notre Dame-Army game on the same date, Nov. 20, and also the host for a college football bowl game between the Big East Conference and the Big 12 Conference.

— Carrie Muskat