Friendly goodbye: Northwestern-Wisconsin game won't be played at Wrigley Field
The B1G West showdown between Wisconsin and Northwestern will not be held in the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field this year.
Wednesday, Northwestern released a statement saying that the Nov. 7, 2020 matchup between the Badgers and Wildcats will not be held at Wrigley Field due to potential scheduling conflicts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Northwestern University and the Chicago Cubs decided it was best to move the game from the historic venue.
“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” Northwestern athletic 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.”
No information on where the game will be played was offered in the release, though it’s slated as a home game for Northwestern. In all likelihood, the game will played at Ryan Field in Evanston.
“After consulting with Jim Phillips and Northwestern’s Athletics Department, postponing the next installment of Northwestern football at Wrigley Field made sense given the great number of challenges and uncertainty to navigate in a pandemic environment,” said Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney. “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.”
The annual matchup between Wisconsin and Northwestern has been an incredible back-and-forth series recently. Since 2000, the two teams have played 14 times, with each squad winning seven games.
Last year, Wisconsin defeated Northwestern 24-15 in Madison.