The Sun-Times reported last fall that Northern Illinois will play a football game at U.S. Cellular Field in 2016. Today, sources told the Chicago Tribune that the Huskies’ opponent will be division rival Toledo.
University representatives will make their official announcement Wednesday, but a game against the Rockets makes sense.
Toledo is one of four MAC teams that the Huskies will face at home in 2016, and NIU has played the Rockets in November each of the past six seasons. Any football game at U.S. Cellular would certainly have to come following the conclusion of the baseball season.
According to the Sun-Times report, the game will be the first football game ever played at the current home of the White Sox.
The White Sox haven’t shared space with a football team since theold Chicago Cardinals used to play at Comiskey Park. That team moved to St. Louis in 1960, then to its current home in Phoenix in 1988.
The Huskies last played a game in Chicago in 2012, when they narrowly lost to Iowa at Soldier Field.
Northern Illinois was previously scheduled to play Nebraska at the Bears’ home this season, but the Cornhuskers backed out of the game in 2013.