Northwestern football will play two home games at Wrigley Field

Northwestern University has announced that the Wildcats will face the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Wrigley Field during the 2024 football season, according to a university news release.

Those games, on November 16 and November 30 respectively, are the last two home games of the season. Northwestern lost 10-7 to Iowa at Wrigley Field on Nov. 4 last season.

The five other 2024 home games โ€“ against Miami (Ohio), Duke, Eastern Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin โ€“ will be played on a temporary field at the Lanny and Sharon Martin Lakeside Facility while the $80 million reconstruction of Ryan Field is completed.

The temporary football venue will seat approximately 15,000 spectators on the grounds typically used for the university’s lacrosse and football games. Ryan Field had a capacity of 47,130.

Tickets will first be made available to 2023 season ticket holders and others interested in purchasing tickets can join a waitlist for more information.

The Wildcats’ first game of the 2024 season will be played at the lakefront venue on August 31 against Miami (Ohio). Kick-off times for all matches, as determined by the broadcast partners, will be announced approximately seven to twelve days in advance.

The reconstruction of the 98-year-old Ryan Field has ruffled feathers in Evanston and Wilmette as residents oppose the commercial use of a stadium located in a residential neighborhood on the border of the two communities. A close vote by the Evanston City Council, with the tie broken by Mayor Daniel Biss, will allow up to six maximum-capacity concerts at the stadium per year, along with other smaller events.

A lawsuit against the stadium, filed by several residents and the Most Livable City Association, will be presented before Cook County Circuit Judge Pamela McLean Meyerson on June 26. The university was recently hit with three new lawsuits by former football players in the ongoing hazing scandal that led to the firing of head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Last month, a judge ruled that all hazing cases would be heard along with Fitzgerald’s lawsuit, saying his firing violated the contract he had with the university.

The Wildcats will be in his second season under head coach David Braun.