Northwestern AD Derrick Gragg recently joined the B1G Tailgate to discuss the planned renovations to Ryan Field.

The massive, privately-funded $800 million project is set to be completed in time for the 2026 season.

“The stadium is 100 years old. It’s only been refurbished since about 1997-98, so it’s time. You’ve been in a lot of the other stadiums around the B1G, and we have to do something that matches the great facilities we have on campus,” said Gragg.

Gragg stressed the importance of having a home facility that is on par with the rest of the conference:

“We’re just trying to incorporate all of the best things we’ve seen from across the country,” said the second-year AD.

The renovated Ryan Field will have 12,000 fewer seats, but the hope is that this will lead to a more intimate feel for fans. Gragg stated that the administration took inspiration from European soccer stadiums.

The renovation is expected to be completed to start the 2026 football season.