Special Feature: Allstate Wrigleyville Classic

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Readying Wrigley

Crews transform the "Friendly Confines" into a home away from home for the 'Cats

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November 15, 2010
Video produced by Matt Paolelli

Northwestern Head Groundskeeper Randy Stoneberg and Cubs Head Groundskeeper Roger Baird Discuss the Transformation of Wrigley Field

CHICAGO --- With the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic between the Northwestern University Wildcats and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini set for Saturday (Nov. 20), groundskeepers from both Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs are completing the transformation of Wrigley Field from baseball diamond to gridiron. This transformation includes the painting of the historic Wrigley Field marquee from red to “Wildcat Purple," the addition of grass to cover the field's infield dirt, the installation of field goal uprights and wall padding in the endzones, and the removal of home plate and the pitcher's mound.

The game will mark the first time the two schools have played at the corner of Clark and Addison in more than 87 years, having previously faced off in 1923 when Wrigley Field was known as Cubs Park. It will be the first time in more than 40 years that football has been played at the “Friendly Confines.”

For more information on the sold out game, visit nusports.com.