Big 10: Bans Wrigley Field Endzone For Offense

Monday I posted a series of photos that showed the field configuration for the Saturday game at Wrigley Field between Northwestern and Illinois. After the configuration was revealed, significant concern slowly built throughout the media this week.

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

(East end zone eliminated from offensive action)

Today the Big Ten addressed that concern, announcing that only one end zone will be used for offense by the teams on Saturday.

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

(Another angle of the eschewed, east end zone)

Offensive plays will only take place in the direction of the west end zone - facing the Cubs third base dugout. The east end zone will not be used for offense because the right field outfield wall is too close to that end zone’s endline. (Six inches!)

Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said of the decision on WMVP-AM in Chicago: Read more…

Wrigley Field Football Configuration: Fright Lines

Saturday Northwestern will host rival Illinois at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

(Don’t act like you’ve never seen goalposts in the bleachers!)

Beyond the Mel Hall right field memorial end zone, there’s literally six inches between the end zone and a thin layer of … something covering the ivy.

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

The other end zone is located steps away from .. wait for it .. the third base dugout. (Not coincidentally, Jim Frey will serve as back judge for Saturday’s ballgame.)

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

Below is the sideline down the right field line. Herman Franks-era padding a nice touch.

Wrigley Field End Zone For Northwestern vs Illinois

Let’s hope the players will (somehow) avoid injury in the house that Jack Brickhouse quite obviously built. Read more…