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Northwestern, Cubs to announce Wrigley Field partnership

Northwestern announced Saturday that the Wrigley Game vs. Illinois wasn't a one-time thing: they'll be announcing a partnership with the Chicago Cubs featuring other sport games and potentially more football.

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More specifics on 5 NU football games at Wrigley

Here's some updates from what Jim Phillips had to say at the press conference for the business agreement between the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs, which, as we wrote earlier, includes five Northwestern football games at Wrigley Field.

  • There will definitely be five NU football games at Wrigley. Although the agreement is five years, the deal includes five football games, regardless of the time frame. So Wrigley games won't start until 2014, and could last longer than five years after that.
  • No games in October, despite LOL Cubs baseball.
  • They're going to make the top of the away dugout temporarily moveable to make the football field work. The NCAA requires a 12-foot perimeter around the field.
  • Jim Phillips: "We'll select who we're going to play against." It won't be the same school every year.
  • It sounded like there will be one non-football event per year over the five-year extent of the deal. That starts with baseball in April and lax next year.
More stuff when we know it.

NU announces 5 Wrigley games

Northwestern announced Tuesday that they would play five future football games at Wrigley Field after renovations to the stadium to allow an entire football field.


'Multiple' Wrigley games part of partnership

Northwestern will reportedly schedule "multiple" future games at Wrigley Field, although they'll have to wait until after the stadium undergoes renovations in between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

We're going off what two reporters had to say: first up, Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, who said that the Tuesday press conference at Wrigley will feature the announcement

Previously, we knew there would be one, as well as an agreement across multiple sports, but we hadn't heard anything about the school planning on making Wrigley a regular affair.

Next, from Teddy Greenstein of the Trib, who had a pretty comprehensive article on the subject:

Those would appear to be the only two possible dates. There was some speculation about Nebraska being the team a few months back, but that game is currently set for October, and as LOLlerskates as the Cubs are, that's a no-no. Regardless, the 2014 date is less of a big deal if there's supposedly going to be more than one game played at Wrigley.

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