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Northwestern to play more football games at Wrigley

The Wrigley Field marquee was painted purple preparatifor 2010 Allstate Wrigleyville Classic between Northwestern Illinois.

The Wrigley Field marquee was painted purple in preparation for the 2010 Allstate Wrigleyville Classic between Northwestern and Illinois.

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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:54AM



Northwestern and the Cubs will hold a joint news conference Tuesday at which they are expected to announce the Wildcats will play more football games at Wrigley Field. They also will announce an ongoing business partnership between the team and the university.

No NU games are expected to be scheduled in 2013. Expanding Wrigley Field so it can house a regulation football field is expected to be part of the Cubs’ renovation plan.

When the Wildcats played in Wrigley Field in 2010, the Big Ten decided the day before the game to use only one end zone for offense because of safety concerns. NCAA rules state there must be adequate space surrounding the playing surface, which wasn’t the case in the east end zone, which was within a few feet of the right-field wall.



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