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Wisconsin football: UW vs. NU will not be at the “Friendly Confines” this season

The Badgers and Wildcats will be back in Evanston, at the house of horrors that is Ryan Field, for their B1G West matchup in 2020.

Wrigley Field Campus Mobilized In Support of COVID-19-Relief Efforts Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Northwestern Wildcats athletic department announced that their football game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 7th, 2020 would not be played at the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field.

According to the release, “the decision was made after close consultation with the Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference, and in consideration of the myriad challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.”

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Combe Family Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans. We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

“After consulting with Jim Phillips and Northwestern’s Athletics Department, postponing the next installment of Northwestern football at Wrigley Field made sense given the great number of challenges and uncertainty to navigate in a pandemic environment,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “We look forward to welcoming the Wildcats back to the Friendly Confines to play in front of a capacity crowd of Northwestern fans as soon as possible.”

Fans who purchased tickets to this game will be contacted by the Northwestern Ticket Office once there is clarity regarding the 2020 schedule, the release said, although you can contact the UW Ticket Office as well if you got tickets through the Badgers, one would assume.

Under Paul Chryst the Badgers are 2-3 3-2 against the Wildcats, losing at home in 2015 when #JazzCaughtIt and getting blown out in 2018 in Evanston by the worst team to ever win a college football division title.