Northwestern Field

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Northwestern Field
Location Evanston, Illinois
Owner Northwestern University
Capacity 10,000
Surface Turf
Broke ground 1904
Opened 1905
Closed 1925
Demolished 1925
Northwestern Wildcats (football) (1905-1925)

Northwestern Field was a football stadium in Evanston, Illinois. It opened in 1905 and was home to the Northwestern Wildcats football team prior to the Dyche Stadium (now known as Ryan Field) opening in 1926. It had a capacity of 10,000 people.[1]

After significant victories during the 1903 season drew large crowds,[2] Northwestern business manager and former Evanston mayor William Dyche lobbied the school for a new stadium, arguing that 1,000 seat Sheppard Field could no longer meet popular demand. A 12-acre (49,000 m2) lot northwest of campus was chosen for the project, with construction beginning in 1904 and ending in 1905.[3]


  1. ^ Ryan Field/Dyche Stadium, Northwestern University Library.
  2. ^ LaTourette, Larry (2005). Northwestern Wildcat Football, Arcadia Publishing, p.15.
  3. ^ LaTourette, p.17.