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Could be Wrigley Field, Lambeau Field, SeatGeek Stadium or Soldier Field.

SeatGeek Stadium ..... only 20K capacity

New $800M Ryan Field. I believe same location. BTW, 35K capacity
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Future game, NW hosting Huskers, 2027.
 
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Unique tower lights ....
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Demolition of the west and north stands. The east stands (left) remain standing.
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2024 KU venues (ongoing renovations) ..... two Children's Mercy Park (KC) and four, Arrowhead stadium.
 
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Northwestern will play most of their 2024 and 2025 home games at a temporary on-campus stadium. Capacity will be "considerably less" than the 47,130 at the old stadium, and the 35,000 capacity at the renovated/redesigned stadium.


 
Northwestern will play most of their 2024 and 2025 home games at a temporary on-campus stadium. Capacity will be "considerably less" than the 47,130 at the old stadium, and the 35,000 capacity at the renovated/redesigned stadium.



Adjacent to Northwestern football athletics facility .... BTW, NW athletics facility, very nice

pictures ....

Old/New Ryan Field location, about 6 blocks away from temporary on-campus stadium

 
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Northwestern will play most of their 2024 and 2025 home games at a temporary on-campus stadium. Capacity will be "considerably less" than the 47,130 at the old stadium, and the 35,000 capacity at the renovated/redesigned stadium.


How the heck is the B1G allowing this? All tje money every team gets and they can not build a stadium bigger than 40k?
 




How the heck is the B1G allowing this? All tje money every team gets and they can not build a stadium bigger than 40k?

The trend in stadium design is smaller, not bigger. Even Penn State's renovation is cutting some seats (will remain above 100K but down from the current ~106K.) Fans want more room and the in-home experience has gotten so good it competes with gameday, especially in colder areas, and obviously it's cheaper than going to the game.

Even new NFL stadiums are likely going to be significantly smaller capacity. The new Buffalo Bills stadium will seat 62K. That's 10K fewer than their old stadium. The planned baseball stadium in Vegas will seat about 33,000 and the planned baseball stadium in Tampa will regularly only seat 30,000.
 
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The trend in stadium design is smaller, not bigger. Even Penn State's renovation is cutting some seats (will remain above 100K but down from the current ~106K.) Fans want more room and the in-home experience has gotten so good it competes with gameday, especially in colder areas, and obviously it's cheaper than going to the game.

Even new NFL stadiums are likely going to be significantly smaller capacity. The new Buffalo Bills stadium will seat 62K. That's 10K fewer than their old stadium. The planned baseball stadium in Vegas will seat about 33,000 and the planned baseball stadium in Tampa will regularly only seat 30,000.
I am definitely not trying to say it needs to be 100K or more. What I am saying is that a B1G team should have more seats than an FCS stadium.

Not sure how you can compare a 106,000-seat stadium dropping to 103,000 to building a new stadium that seats less than 40K?

Yes stadiums are getting smaller seat capacity's but there is smaller than there is miniscule. Why not just admit you do not want to compete and drop down to FCS where folks will be impressed by how big it is?
 
I am definitely not trying to say it needs to be 100K or more. What I am saying is that a B1G team should have more seats than an FCS stadium.

Not sure how you can compare a 106,000-seat stadium dropping to 103,000 to building a new stadium that seats less than 40K?

Yes stadiums are getting smaller seat capacity's but there is smaller than there is miniscule. Why not just admit you do not want to compete and drop down to FCS where folks will be impressed by how big it is?

There are good reasons for the reduction in capacity.

First of all, NW's five year average attendance is only a little over 36,000. In 2021 and 2022 NW averaged about 30,000 a game. Northwestern's student population this year is only 22,732. It has always been a small, very selective school. There's absolutely no reason for NW to have a big stadium. A big stadium just gives opposing fans more opprtunity to completely ruin any home field advantage. In short, it's simply stupid to build a larger stadium unless a school is confident most of it will be filled by their fans.

Secondly, the vast majority of fans everywhere want (and need) more room! The average American is much wider than 100 years ago. Self reported weight has increased 20 lbs since 1990, never mind the massive difference in average height/weight from when Ryan Field opened in 1926 to now.

Fans told NW they want wider seats, wider concourses and amenities like non-traditional seating areas, and pre and post-game tailgating areas inside the stadium. Unlike the old stadium, this one's also going to have a canopy. Engineering firm HNTB states fans will actually be closer to the field, and the new stadium won't have any obstructed view seats. Ryan Field will also be completely ADA compliant.

Lastly, this project is only happening because the Ryan family donated $480 million. Under the terms of the gift, NW can't use all of that for the stadium. Even if they wanted to build a larger stadium, they don't have the $$ to build it without doing something stupid, like taking on debt.
 
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There are good reasons for the reduction in capacity.

First of all, NW's five year average attendance is only a little over 36,000. In 2021 and 2022 NW averaged about 30,000 a game. Northwestern's student population this year is only 22,732. It has always been a small, very selective school. There's absolutely no reason for NW to have a big stadium. A big stadium just gives opposing fans more opprtunity to completely ruin any home field advantage. In short, it's simply stupid to build a larger stadium unless a school is confident most of it will be filled by their fans.

Secondly, the vast majority of fans everywhere want (and need) more room! The average American is much wider than 100 years ago. Self reported weight has increased 20 lbs since 1990, never mind the massive difference in average height/weight from when Ryan Field opened in 1926 to now.

Fans told NW they want wider seats, wider concourses and amenities like non-traditional seating areas, and pre and post-game tailgating areas inside the stadium. Unlike the old stadium, this one's also going to have a canopy. Engineering firm HNTB states fans will actually be closer to the field, and the new stadium won't have any obstructed view seats. Ryan Field will also be completely ADA compliant.

Lastly, this project is only happening because the Ryan family donated $480 million. Under the terms of the gift, NW can't use all of that for the stadium. Even if they wanted to build a larger stadium, they don't have the $$ to build it without doing something stupid, like taking on debt.
Common sense combined with knowledge is a scary thing to some.
 
There are good reasons for the reduction in capacity.

First of all, NW's five year average attendance is only a little over 36,000. In 2021 and 2022 NW averaged about 30,000 a game. Northwestern's student population this year is only 22,732. It has always been a small, very selective school. There's absolutely no reason for NW to have a big stadium. A big stadium just gives opposing fans more opprtunity to completely ruin any home field advantage. In short, it's simply stupid to build a larger stadium unless a school is confident most of it will be filled by their fans.

Secondly, the vast majority of fans everywhere want (and need) more room! The average American is much wider than 100 years ago. Self reported weight has increased 20 lbs since 1990, never mind the massive difference in average height/weight from when Ryan Field opened in 1926 to now.

Fans told NW they want wider seats, wider concourses and amenities like non-traditional seating areas, and pre and post-game tailgating areas inside the stadium. Unlike the old stadium, this one's also going to have a canopy. Engineering firm HNTB states fans will actually be closer to the field, and the new stadium won't have any obstructed view seats. Ryan Field will also be completely ADA compliant.

Lastly, this project is only happening because the Ryan family donated $480 million. Under the terms of the gift, NW can't use all of that for the stadium. Even if they wanted to build a larger stadium, they don't have the $$ to build it without doing something stupid, like taking on debt.
To your second point do you actually know the seats will be larger or is that a guess?
 


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