Northwestern officially announces plans to renovate Ryan Field
It’s official: Ryan Field is getting a makeover.
Northwestern received the largest donation in school history — $480 million — and part of that gift will be used to redevelop its football stadium.
The program tweeted a video Wednesday afternoon to announce the news.
A lot of memories have been made at the corner of Central & Ashland.
Thanks to the generosity of the Ryan Family a new chapter is on the horizon: 𝐀 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐑𝐲𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝
— Northwestern Football (@NUFBFamily) September 22, 2021
Ryan Field was built in 1926 and expanded in 1949 and 1952. It was last renovated in 1997 after a donation from the Ryan Family, which is why this makeover is being celebrated so much. A timeline for the project hasn’t yet been determined.
Northwestern, last year’s B1G West champion, is 1-2 this season and coming off a loss to Duke in Durham. The Wildcats are getting set for a final non-conference tuneup this week against Ohio in Evanston at Ryan Field. Kickoff for that game is set for 11 a.m. CT.