Nebraska, Northwestern could meet at Wrigley Field

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Northwestern and Illinois played at Wrigley Field in 2010. (US Presswire)

Nebraska will travel to Evanston to take on Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field, and it could be the last time the division rivals meet in Evanston for a while.

According to Tom Shatel of the Omaha World Herald, it's possible Nebraska and Northwestern could be meeting at Wrigley Field in the future.

“There have been no discussions [with Northwestern],” said athletic director Tom Osborne. “As of right now, we're just talking about possibilities. We've also talked about playing Northern Illinois in Chicago [at Soldier Field].”

If the game did happen, it would not be the first Big Ten game played at Wrigley Field. Northwestern hosted Illinois there in 2010. I covered that game and, while it was a bit of a logistical nightmare -- only one end zone could be used due the other end zone's proximity to a giant brick wall -- it was a great atmosphere for a football game.

Also, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, Tom Ricketts, is an Omaha native who is a Nebraska fan and just happens to live in Evanston. So it would only make sense that he'd be interested in the idea.

The idea being discussed -- and only discussed on the Nebraska side as of now -- is a lot different from the idea coming to fruition. If both schools did agree to the game, something would have to be done about the end zone situation, as the novelty of only being able to use one end zone would wear off quickly.

 
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