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Old 12.11.2010, 05:21 PM
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Northwestern moved its home game against Illinois for the Sweet Sioux T- I mean Land of Lincoln Trophy (or whatever we are playing for these days), to Wrigley Field, home of MLB's Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley Field was home to the Chicago Bears until the 1970's when the NFL forced the team to move to Soldier Field, in those days the field ran from home plate left field (for those who don't understand what i just said, the field was turned 90 degrees)

A couple things to note:
- Both the benches will be on the far side of the field, meaning that if the ball is near and endzone one of the teams is going to be making substitutions from 50 yards away, which could get fun.

this isn't completely new, the Emerald City Bowl did this the last few years (Played at AT&T park in San Francisco with a similar set up, the reason is that for purpose-built baseball fields the seating comes down to field level and has a low pitch, meaning that if teams were on that sideline the game would be unwatchable for the first 20 or so rows)

- Some of the boundaries are pretty close to the walls around the baseball field. notice how the uprights on the outfield fence are so close to the Ivy that they are just affixing them the to the wall.






Bowl games have been playing games at baseball stadiums lately... here is the setup for the Pinstripe bowl in New York:


even though its a new Yankee Stadium, it still brings back the days when baseball was king and any college games played in urban settings were usually played at baseball fields... Wrigley and Yankee Stadiums hosted a number of college and NFL games over the years.

plus, most of the bowl games outside of the "Big" ones don't draw THAT well, so playing in smaller MLB stadiums that are often closer to downtown makes sense from a business standpoint.
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There's some sort of allowance to do with substitutions in the Emerald Bowl, can't remember what exactly.
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Looks like every x-point is going to be a street gift and some receiver is going to get planted into the wall.
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What does it say about me that I'm FAR more interested in an Illinois win than anything else about this game?
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This game is turning into a bad idea and kind of a joke...

"In a statement issued by the Big Ten, the following changes will be made:

All offensive plays will head toward the west end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.

All kickoffs will be kicked toward the east end zone.

After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the west end zone.

As a result of a coin toss held by the conference office Friday morning, Illinois will occupy the west team bench in the first half and Northwestern will occupy the west team bench in the second half and for all overtime periods."

So after a pick-six, they will then all march back to the other end zone and kick the PAT there. Classic, playground game but they are ruining playground rules...I thought losers walked? Now, I have to watch this half-field game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nc...ory?id=5824661

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This has been a concern since day one. Why they didn't figure this out before, or why they waited until the day before the game to make this rule change is beyond me.
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You'd think they would work out that Baseball stadiums are Baseball stadiums for a reason!! It is a joke in my opinion and the Big Ten should be ashamed. Hopefully the game at Yankee Stadium is a little better prepared
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This is such a bad idea,just play in a football stadium.What are the Cubs that desperate for money they want a stadium full of fans even if it's football!!!
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Per Stewart Mandel: the layout in the East Endzone was against the rules as it was only one foot from a boundary.



The NCAA clearly states: "Limit lines shall be marked ... 12 feet outside the sidelines and the end lines, except in stadiums where total field surface does not permit. In these stadiums, the limit lines shall not be less than six feet from the sidelines and end lines."

"Six feet. Not one foot.

Which begs the obvious question: Why did it take until the day before the game to address this? And if it wasn't possible to accommodate said rule, why is the game being played at Wrigley to begin with?"

The Big 10 looks really bad here.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz15lUDVGUF
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