Northwestern hopeful for return to Wrigley Field

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College football could be returning to Wrigley Field. At least Jim Phillips hopes so.

The Northwestern athletic director told the Chicago Tribune that the school is “anxious” to see the Wildcats return to the home of the Chicago Cubs.

“We’re anxious to get something done.” Phillips said. “I’m close with those guys, I talk to (Cubs Chairman) Tom (Ricketts) all the time. Everyone is motivated to do it. It’s really on their timeline.”

Wrigley last hosted college football in 2010, when in-state foes Northwestern and Illinois squared off. Memorably, the two teams were forced to play in the same direction because of the stadium’s limited setup. Illinois won 48-27.

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Phillips told the Tribune he is eyeing November 2017 for Northwestern’s return to Wrigley, which is about eight miles south of NU's campus in Evanston. The Wildcats already have home games with Purdue and Minnesota, a road game at Nebraska and a game against Illinois at Soldier Field on the docket for that month.

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The Cubs and Northwestern had a previous agreement to hold football, baseball and lacrosse games at Wrigley, but the football part has yet to come to fruition. Wrigley’s ongoing renovations have complicated things.

Phillips is hopeful NU will get the go-ahead from the Cubs soon so preparation for the game (marketing, etc) can begin.

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