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Ryan Field, Evanston

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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3.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Ryan Field is a stadium in Evanston, Illinois, United States on the campus of Northwestern University. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Northwestern Wildcats football team. The field opened in 1926 and holds 47,130 people. Prior to 1997, the stadium was named Dyche Stadium, for William Dyche, Class of 1882, former Evanston mayor and overseer of the building project. In 1997, the field was renamed Ryan Field in honor of the family of Patrick G. Ryan, who was then the chairman of Northwestern's board of trustees. The renaming was made by the other members of the board in recognition of the Ryan family's leadership and numerous contributions to Northwestern, including the lead gift to the Campaign for Athletic Excellence, Northwestern's fundraising drive for athletic facilities.HistoryAt the time it was constructed, Dyche Stadium was considered one of the finest college football stadiums in the country. The stadium originally consisted of two semi circular grandstands on either sideline, with the west (home) sideline having a small, curved upper deck whose 2 ends abut in matching concrete towers. The purpose of the curved grandstands was to maximize the number of fans sitting close to the action. Endzone seating was later added in the south endzone, and in 1952 McGaw Memorial Hall was built beyond the north endzone.The stadium had an artificial turf surface from 1973 to 1996. Prior to the 1997 season, natural grass was installed and the playing surface was lowered approximately five feet to improve sight lines from the lowest rows of the grandstands.
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  • I'm not a die hard fan of the Northwestern Wildcats, but do cheer them on when they play against other teams; teams other than "Illinois Fighting Illini", and plus I love college football. As for the ...  read more »
  • Take public transportation from the City or Burbs. The train / subway gets you close enough. Then, you can walk over. Otherwise, take a taxi, Uber, Lift, etc. This stadium is imbedded into a very trad...  read more »
  • Wow - where do I start? I know - the clear bag policy. First - it doesn't speed gate entry. It inconveniences ONLY the female fan. I got the stupidest questions about my wallet and a windbreaker jacke...  read more »
  • Great history everywhere here. The towers and stands largely unchanged since 1926 when a University of Chicago vs Northwestern University game was the dedication game. As an alum, it is always fun to return to a place with no cash registers at concessions (love the math!), and upper deck ramp unchanged for nearly a century. Lots of concessions. Fun to walk around outside and in. Wildcat Alley is great and more so with kids for pizza and games. A free beer too...for adults. I do wish seats were chairs and not benches and that was an alumni club and more upgraded seat options. Parking is expensive or iffy. Go 'Cats!
  • Ryan Field is a Great place to Watch Big Time, Big Ten Football!!! Easy to get to, easy to park and a Wonderful atmosphere to watch and enjoy football.Such a special place. We are so lucky to have it here in Evanston.
  • Going to Ryan Field, 1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201 to attend a Northwestern Football game is a lot of fun. All in your group will love it I'm sure. The only difficult part is parking near the field. You'll have to shuttle over most likely from the main campus area in one of the remote lots. I look forward to my next game here!
  • Great place to take in a football game. It's a lot easier to navigate around the area than expected
  • Great place to see Northwestern Wildcat football. Plenty of fairly close free street parking (if you arrive 90+ minutes before game). NU students who staff event are typically very friendly and helpful. Wildcat Alley (before game) is a blast!
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