Beer Will Be Served

By Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, April 24, 2010

And other things you might be interested to know about the Northwestern-Illinois game now set for Wrigley Field.


* "It took nearly two years for [Northwestern athletic director Jim] Phillips and Cubs boss Crane Kenney, among others, to line up everything for this Big Ten game, which will be shown on either ESPN or ESPN2," Lindsey Willhite reports for the Daily Herald.

"The most important issue? With new seats near home plate, there was no guarantee a field would fit.

"The Bears used to play from the first-base dugout out to left field. The Illini and Wildcats will play on a field stretching from the third-base dugout to right field."

* "[The field] will run from right field to the Cubs' dugout along the first-base line. Groundskeepers will add grass, shave off the mound and remove seats," Teddy Greenstein reports for the Tribune. "It will be an incredibly tight fit, especially in the corner near the right-field foul pole."

* "There will be no additional seats on the field, so the normal baseball capacity of 41,210 remains in effect," Adam Rittenberg reports for ESPN's Big Ten Blog.

* "The Cubs will control 5,000 [tickets]," Greenstein reports. 'Illinois gets 3,000. That leaves at least 32,000 for Northwestern

* "The schools played against each other at Wrigley in October 1923, but it will be the first college football game at the park since 1938, when DePaul played its home games there," Tina Akouris reports for the Sun-Times. "DePaul eliminated football the next year."

* "It's where Bears' rookie Gale Sayers sloshed through the mud to score six touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers in 1965," Mark Tupper writes for the Decatur Herald-Review.

"It's where Bears' defensive lineman Ed O'Bradovich celebrated the Chicago Bears' 1963 world championship by heaving his helmet into the crowd.

"It's where George Halas paced the sideline in a suit and tie, topcoat and Sunday-best hat.

"It's Wrigley Field, considered perhaps the most venerable baseball stadium on earth, but home to the Chicago Bears football team from 1921 to 1970."

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