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Review of Ryan Field

Ryan Field
Ranked #11 of 31 things to do in Evanston
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

If you're a fan of the visiting team, you're in for a treat. Tickets are affordable; and you'll be welcome in the eyes of the home team's fans and students, even if you wear your team's colors and/or your team wins. You can even walk back to your car or into town (downtown Evanston with many fine restaurants is only a mile away) in the company of the home team's fans, and the vast majority of them will say nice things about your team/school. This is not the case in many other Division 1 football stadiums throughout the country. Enjoy the game.

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Northwestern's football and basketball programs have become more competitive and their facilities have become more in tune with the 21st century. When I was a high school student in the 1950s, my father, a Northwestern graduate, gave me tickets to attend a Michigan/Northwestern football game. In those days, crowds were small. It was as if a fan would ask: "What time is kickoff?" And the response would be: "What time can you get here?" On that day, I arrived an hour before kickoff and was able to park next to the South end zone. Today, that area is reserved for major donors. And there a lot of them. Dyche Stadium was opened in 1926 at 1501 Central Avenue on Northwestern's campus. When constructed, it was considered one of the finest football stadiums in the country with two semi-circular grandstands on either sideline to maximize the number of fans sitting close to the action. But interest in Northwestern's football team declined and so did the crowds despite expansions in 1949 and 1952. Then the alumni, led by AON Corporation founder Patrick Ryan, began to donate millions of dollars for renovations and upgrades. In 1996, Ryan, then chairman of Northwestern's Board of Trustees and a leading contributor, spearheaded a renovation that included new seats, new locker rooms, new restrooms, new concession stands, new weight rooms, new training facilities, a new videoboard that was upgraded from 390 square feet to 1,100 square feet and new ribbon boards at the North and South end zones. Prior to 1997, the 47,130-seat stadium was known as Dyche Stadium in honor of William Dyche, a member of the Class of 1882, former mayor of Evanston and overseer of the original building project. In 1997, it was renamed Ryan Field. The smallest football stadium in the Big 10 Conference, it has an Ivy League appeal, which most Northwestern students and alumni appreciate.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

We saw a Northwestern play Penn State there. You could see evrything from where we sat and anyplace else in the stadium.

Thank abarry39
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Ryan Field offers a fan-friendly old-style Big Ten college football experience. Yes, there is a modern video scoreboard and many improvements. It's an old stadium that is easy to navigate. The fans are friendly. On game days there is a children's area called Wildcat Alley where you can hang out before kickoff. You feel comfortable bringing your children to see a game here.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

If you have mobility issues Ryan Field can be tricky to navigate. You must be pro-active to get help with everything from elevator access (to higher seating sections) to getting on "free" shuttle buses returning from stadium to parking lots. An able friend must go to a service window get your ticket stamped " elevator privileges" every week. If you walk with (for example) a cane, the rattling school buses all have different heights for entry and so bottom step may be too high to access since drivers stop in the street -- not at the curb -- to take on passengers. Over two months of 2016 football, drivers didn't necessarily know their routes and were not always willing to make it easier to get on the bus or to where you needed to be.

Parking close to stadium goes to big donors.

There are more handrails to high seating at Ryan Field than I've seen at mega-stadium Camp Randall at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Women's bathrooms have leaks around windows ignored for years; on a cold day tho' the restrooms are often places with decent heat where you can get warm.

On a nice day there is a wonderful view across Evanston and Wilmette, green trees turn color and games can be seen well from high seats in this modestly-sized stadium. Too bad food and drink are dull; popcorn, hot dogs. Hard to believe in an urban area with great eateries!

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