Ryan Field History
Ryan Field first opened to the public back in 1926. Back then the venue was only able to accommodate
25,000 fans, still good for its time, but now Ryan Field is able to accommodate 47,130 cheering fans of the Northwestern University
Wildcats. Prior to 1997, the stadium was coined Dyche Stadium, named after William Dyche, a former mayor of Evanston and overseer
of the building project. In 1997, the venue assumed the name of Ryan Field in honor of the family of Patrick G. Ryan, who
was then the chairman of Northwestern's board of trustees. The Chicago Bears hosted their debut home game of the 1970 season
at Dyche Stadium, as the NFL had forced the Bears to move out of Wrigley Field because of Wrigley's limited seating capacity.
With a rich history and plenty of top-tier matchups on the schedule from year to year, Ryan Field is still one of the very
best places for big-time college football in the Chicago, Illinois area.
Ryan Field Events
is best-known as the home of the Northwestern Wildcats football team, and college pigskin fans flock to this venue each and
every football season to be a part of the action. The Wildcats are ready to tear into the competition this season as they
take on some of the toughest teams on the college football landscape. Northwestern has a big game coming their way on October
4th when the Wisconsin Badgers hit the turf at Ryan Field, as the Badgers have one of the best programs in the Big Ten Conference.
Another tough matchup is slated for November 8th when the Michigan Wolverines come to town. There are plenty of other great
games coming to this venue this season, so check out the full schedule.
Ryan Field is located
in Evanston, IL, which is located in close proximity to Chicago. There's a lot to love about the Windy City, and residents
and visitors love to check out all the entertainment options around town. As the third-largest city in the United States,
Chicago has a lot to offer to anyone that sets foot within the city limits. Between sporting events, nightlife, restaurants
and entertainment, Chicago really does have everything anyone could ever want.
Ryan Field Seating Layout
the 2000 and 2011 College Football "Field of the Year" by the Sports Turf Managers Association and one of the "Country's Best"
in 2004 by Recreation Management Magazine, Ryan Field underwent a major renovation in the 1990s, modernizing nearly every
aspect of the stadium. Now with a seating capacity of more than 45,000, Ryan Field can accommodate loads of fans for all the
biggest home games, giving people the chance to see the Wildcats in action.
Ryan Field Trivia
Ryan Field have the largest seating capacity in its history?
The answer is from 1954 to 1974, when the venue was able
to accommodate up to 55,000 fans for the biggest games held there. The venue has a smaller capacity now, but the stadium is
more up-to-date and there really is not a bad seat in the house.