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football wrigley fieldAlthough it was reported over the weekend, yesterday the Chicago Cubs and Northwestern University formally announced their plan to have a whole bunch of Northwestern athletics played at Wrigley Field. It is part of a broader partnership between the two entities, as Northwestern continues its push to be “Chicago’s Big Ten Team.”

Among the sports to be played at Wrigley Field over the next five years (at minimum) are football, baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. The first game is coming fast: Northwestern’s baseball team will take on Michigan on April 20.

As for football, which is likely to be the biggest revenue-generator, the two sides have agreed to five games at Wrigley Field, starting in 2014. There wasn’t quite enough certainty that Wrigley would be ready to accommodate a two-way football game by this Fall, and Northwestern also wanted more time to coordinate with its season ticket holders about the game. So, for planning purposes, you’ve got until November 2014 to clear your schedule for some football.

All in all, the partnership is a win-win for a Cubs organization looking to generate additional revenue with their stadium, and for a University looking to spread its name and notoriety in the sporting world. As part of the deal, its students will also have some inroads with the Cubs organization in terms of internships, and the Cubs will have inroads with the University in terms of using exercise and athletic facilities in the offseason.

  • MightyBear

    The Illini are Chicago’s Big Ten team. Although I am pulling for the Wildcats over Michigan. I’d pull for Al Qaida before I pulled for Michigan. Before everyone goes crazy, that’s a joke. For you older folks, it used to be “I’d pull for the Russians before I pulled for Michigan.” But since we kind of made peace with the Russians and Al Qaida is the big enemy now, we have to change with the times.

    • Chad

      1. I don’t think that comment will ever be appropriate and I am personally disgusted by it. And I’m sure the men and women in uniform protecting and serving this country would be embarassed by that comment.

      2. Who cares about NW?

      • hansman1982

        I served and his comment certainly did not embarrass me.

        • KidCubbie

          I agree. I am on active duty and it doesnt bother me one bit.

          • bails17

            People need to learn a little tolerance for sure…IMO.

          • hansman1982

            Don’t you love it when non-service members tell us what to be mad about?

      • MightyBear

        I knew I shouldn’t have gone there. My apologies if I offended anyone. Most of the men and women I’ve met in uniform have a pretty good sense of humor but if not, my apologies to them.

        • hansman1982

          Pfft, don’t apologize. Maybe I have too harsh of a view of things but anyone who gets offended by that, can’t see more of the world than the end of their nose.

          Clearly, it doesn’t matter who the “enemy” is, (from 1940-1945 it was Germans, Japanese, before that Southerners, before that British).

          What happened to the “sticks and stones” phrase?

          • Cubbie Blues

            You forgot about the French. You can never leave the French out.

            • BD

              This is key.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Hey, they bail our asses out in WW IIII….

        • Stinky Pete

          Not offended. (Old and in uniform.)

          • Drew7

            Wait, you’re in uniform *now*? Like, literally?

            • hansman1982

              Same uniform he wore during the Battle of the Bulge…hence, Stinky Pete…

        • JoeyCollins

          I’ve got a shop full of guys and girls here, all Active duty, and none of us are offended. In my opinion Military members tend to have a more crude personality than most, and are generally harder to offend. I think it has something to do with the type of person who is able to kill others for a living, thicker skin i guess.

    • hansman1982

      Crazy Ivan says hello! In Mother Russia, you don’t root for the team, the team roots for you! Provided the Premier doesn’t find out…

      But good for you for being open to change and joining the 21st century. HA!

    • Spencer

      Illinois might be Chicago’s team…but have you seen them play football? Or basketball this year, for that matter. Yikes.

      • King Jeff

        Seriously, when are all of you B1G fans going to abandon your individualism and just root for all the teams in your conference like SEC fans do?

        • Spencer

          I abandon individualism during postseason play. Then I root for all Big Ten schools. Unless that school is named Indiana.

          • Dave H

            Born a Hoosier…….
            But raised a Boilermaker by the grace of God!

    • Stinky Pete

      What about, “I’d pull for U.S. Steel before I’d pull for Michigan.”? That’s for the really old guys.

      • hansman1982

        Interesting side note – an accident at a US Steel plant in 1948 killed Stan Musial’s Father.

    • Dave

      That comment was no more offensive than the joke Michael Scott made on The Office (and I’m paraphrasing) about taking a gun loaded with 2 bullets into a room containing Hitler, Osama bin Ladin, and Toby, and shooting Toby twice.

      And as a Mizzou grad, I harbor the same sentiments about Kansas, even if we aren’t in the same conference anymore.

      • Spencer

        ….but Toby sucks.

  • Larry Bittner

    Being from Illinois and growing up in the North Suburbs, I root for the Wildcats. The campus is a stone’s throw away from Wrigley compared to U of I. I don’t believe U of I has every really tried to become a brand in the Chicago market. They are the “down state” team and always will be.

    • MightyBear

      There’s probably more U of I alum in Chicago than Northwestern. ILL – INI!

      • Bricklayer

        Yes, there are more U of I alum in Chicago than NU. One is a public university that has at least triple the number of undergrads and the other is a private school who’s worst student probably had U of I as their safety school.

        • Joey Jo Jo Junior

          I think you’re going a bit overboard there. I guarantee you that no Engineering student has Illinois as their safety school with NU as their primary.

          • Dave H

            Yeah ….Purdue is the primary.

            • joeyjojojunior

              Only if they don’t have the grades and test scores for either Illinios or NU…

      • ncsujuri

        That’s because there are alot of pizza joints that need waitstaff, and tour buses that need drivers, whereas there are less law firms and big business jobs. ZING!

      • ncsujuri

        I didn’t go to either one, just trying to stir the pot, sorry. haha

      • Morandini Fan

        I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life and I don’t know any Ill-annoy fans who didn’t go there.

        Go U! NU!

      • Goldcoast cub

        If we are debating most big ten alumni in Chicago, I’d have to say Indiana. I have met tons of IU grads in the city. And no, I’m not an Indiana grad. Purdue alumni to be exact.

        • Rmoody100

          Boiler UP!

          • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

            I give you props. I would think most PU fans would be embarassed to “Boiler Up” this year…

            • Rmoody100

              It’s been pretty embarrassing since the great Kyle “Neck Beard” Orton left. Unless you consider the few years the basketball team was decent.

              • Patrick W.

                I propose a statue of Robbie Hummel made out of Robbie Hummel knee braces outside Mackey Arena.

      • Drew7

        Hail to the Orange

  • hansman1982

    THE WORD IS “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FOR IOWA”,
    LET EVERY LOYAL IOWAN SING;
    THE WORD IS “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FOR IOWA”,
    UNTIL THE WALLS AND RAFTERS RING (GO HAWKS!)
    COME ON AND CHEER, CHEER, CHEER, FOR IOWA
    COME ON AND CHEER UNTIL YOU HEAR THE FINAL GUN.
    THE WORD IS “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FOR IOWA”,
    UNTIL THE GAME IS WON.

    • Mick

      or if you go to a football game against ISU, you’ll probably hear this one the most:

      O we will fight, fight, fight for Iowa State,
      And may her colors ever fly.
      Yes, we will fight with might for Iowa State,
      With a will to do or die,
      Rah! Rah! Rah!
      Loyal sons forever true,
      And we will fight the battle through.
      And when we hit that line we’ll hit it hard
      ev’ry yard for I.S.U.

      • MaxM1908

        As long as we’re throwing out Iowa songs:

        Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
        I say, trouble right here in River City.
        Why sure I’m a billiard player,
        Certainly mighty proud I say
        I’m always mighty proud to say it.
        I consider that the hours I spend
        With a cue in my hand are golden.
        Help you cultivate horse sense
        And a cool head and a keen eye.
        Never take and try to give
        An iron-clad leave to yourself
        From a three-reail billiard shot?
        But just as I say,
        It takes judgement, brains, and maturity to score
        In a balkline game,
        I say that any boob kin take
        And shove a ball in a pocket.
        And they call that sloth.
        The first big step on the road
        To the depths of deg-ra-Day–
        I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon,
        Then beer from a bottle.
        An’ the next thing ya know,
        Your son is playin’ for money
        In a pinch-back suit.
        And list’nin to some big out-a-town Jasper
        Hearin’ him tell about horse-race gamblin’.
        Not a wholesome trottin’ race, no!
        But a race where they set down right on the horse!
        Like to see some stuck-up jockey’boy
        Sittin’ on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil?
        Well, I should say.
        Friends, lemme tell you what I mean.
        Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.
        Pockets that mark the diff’rence
        Between a gentlemen and a bum,
        With a capital “B,”
        And that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool!

        • Stinky Pete

          Haha. I work in “River City”. Live right next door.

    • Cubbie Blues

      That’s a bit violent isn’t it? I now have the urge to go hug a kitten and kiss a baby.

      Or not.

  • Derrick

    The comment section of this site has quickly become a joke. Sorry Brett

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      This comment is assuredly the solution.

      (And I disagree.)

      • DarthHater

        You are correct, Brett. It hasn’t been quick at all. :-P

  • Garrett

    How are they going to play softball on the field??

    • Spencer

      Probably the same way they play the celebrity softball game during All-Star weekend.

  • Die hard

    So Cubs don’t expect to be playing in Oct any time soon

    • TWC

      Since we don’t *gasp* expect you to read the sources, I’ve quoted the relevant section from the article on cubs.com for you:

      “The Wildcats women’s lacrosse team will host Notre Dame in [April] 2014, and the first of the five football games are tentatively planned for November of that year.”

      Yes. That says November.

      • DarthHater

        There you again with your moonbat belief that opinions are supposed to be based on “facts” and supported by “sources.”

      • Hansman1982

        No, dingleberry, it takes at least 2 months for them to get the field ready for the superior Northwestern football team so that means the Cubs expect to be so bad that when rosters expand teams will take their players for September call ups.

        • DarthHater

          10 internet points to Hansman for use of the word “dingleberry.”

      • Die hard

        If Nov is start then Rooftoppers will lose a month of revenue each year if Cubs don’t make playoffs- my guess is that will be a wait and see each yr cause only takes a week to get field ready- has anyone told NW alums will have to can the nostalgia over a few lite beers at the friendly confines?

  • Die hard

    Looks like MLB doesn’t give a hoot about mixing pros with amateurs but would think that NCAA would?

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