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Northwestern moves football game from Wrigley Field

Schedule shakeups caused by the coronavirus pandemic prompted the move.

The Northwestern-Wisconsin football game won’t be played at Wrigley Field this year.
The Northwestern-Wisconsin football game won’t be played at Wrigley Field this year.
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The Northwestern-Wisconsin football game scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field will be relocated, NU and the Cubs announced Wednesday.

Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic prompted the decision. The game will be moved to Ryan Field in Evanston, according to a schedule posted on the NU football website.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” NU athletics director Jim Phillips said in a statement. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans.”

NU first played at Wrigley in 2010. Wrigley has also hosted Northwestern baseball and lacrosse games.

”We look forward to welcoming the Wildcats back to the Friendly Confines to play in front of a capacity crowd of Northwestern fans as soon as possible,” Cubs president Crane Kenney said.