The Northwestern Wildcats last played a game at Wrigley Field in 2010 and despite the stadium agreeing to host five games in 2013, no more have been scheduled. It certainly looks like the Wildcats want to get back to the Chicago Cubs’ home field in the near future.
In November of next year, the Wildcats play two home games against Purdue and Minnesota while also facing off against Illinois at Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics at Northwestern, spoke with the Chicago Tribune and he seems confident that the Wildcats will return there in 2017.
“We’re anxious to get something done,” Phillips told the paper’s Teddy Greenstein. “I’m close with those guys. I talk to (owner) Tom (Ricketts) all the time. Everyone is motivated to do it. It’s really on their timeline.”
In 2013, the Northwestern athletic department agreed to a deal with Wrigley Field that would bring five football games to the stadium as well as baseball and lacrosse games. The Wildcats played baseball there that year, while they hosted a lacrosse match against USC in 2014.
It certainly looks like football could be returning to Wrigley Field, let’s just hope they get it right this time.
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