Purple and Wildcats are words that rarely go together, unless the topic is Northwestern Wildcats Football. In that case, they go together like Mustard’s Last Stand hot dogs and a home game! As the team has been rebounding in recent years, it can get tricky to find Ryan Field parking on game-day. Instead, the best thing to do is book Ryan Field parking ahead of time, rather than attempt a desperate hail-mary pass at finding parking before the game.
Northwestern University’s Wildcats Football team is based at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL, on the doorsteps of Chicago. Ryan Field opened to the public in October 1926. At that point, the stadium was named Dyche Stadium in appreciation of the efforts of the school’s Business Manager and one-time mayor of Evanston, William A. Dyche. In 1970, the Chicago Bears played the first game of the 1970 season against the Philadelphia Eagles in Dyche Stadium as an “experiment,” following their ouster from Wrigley Field and prior to their move to Soldier Field the next year.
While Ryan Field was built in the twentieth century, the Northwestern Wildcats football team is even older, originating at an exhibition game between students and an early Chicago team in February 1876. 20 years later, Northwestern helped form the Western Conference, which is now known as the Big Ten. The Wildcats name emerged not from the school, but a reporter who noted that during a game that the team seemed to be “a wall of purple wildcats” due to their ferocity and the color of their uniforms. The Wildcats experienced a golden age between 1936 and 1962, including a Rose Bowl win in 1948 against UC Berkeley. After a period of mediocrity, the Wildcats roared back in 1995 under the watch of head coach Gary Barnett in a spectacular Cinderella season. Overall, the Northwestern Wildcats have won eight Big Ten championships, most recently in 2000, and maintain an all-time record average of 0.443. The Wildcats have a lot of fans, but there is only a limited amount of Ryan Field parking unless you know where to look. ParkWhiz knows where all the best Northwestern Wildcats Football parking is located, so it is a great idea to book Northwestern Wildcats football parking ahead of time with ParkWhiz.
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