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Ryan Field: A New Vision

A Project of Northwestern University

The new Ryan Field will create a world-class home for Northwestern University Athletics and a best in the nation football experience for fans, players, and a year-round asset for the community.

The project will be privately funded - with no taxpayer financing and significant public benefits.

The Latest

Read our most recent announcements and construction updates.

Alternative Venues

Northwestern will play football on the lakefront

April 10, 2024

Northwestern’s football team will play a majority of its games this season at the Lanny and Sharon Martin athletics facility near Lake Michigan on the University’s Evanston campus, keeping the team close to home as it seeks to build on its bowl-winning 2023 season.

Construction Updates

Construction Update

June 6, 2024

Installation of earth retention sheeting also has resumed and will continue for about two weeks. Residents can expect an increase in noise and vibration during this period. Deep foundation work and caisson installation also continues.

Construction Update

June 13, 2024

The City of Evanston Juneteenth Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, which will cross the approved truck route at the intersection of Emerson Street and Dodge Avenue. The construction team will work closely with the City and the scheduled road closures to ensure truck traffic is coordinated with parade operations.

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Moving Forward Together

We are moving forward in a way that we believe realizes the benefits of the stadium redevelopment, while addressing community concerns. Based on that feedback, Northwestern is willing to modify its zoning application to significantly reduce the number of events hosted at the stadium annually while still ensuring financial viability.

Reduced Concerts

Reduce the fixed number of concerts in the ordinance to six per year to balance the need to realistically operate the venue while addressing the concerns of neighbors.

No More Unlimited 10K-person Events

No longer asking to modify the original text amendment request that allowed for an unlimited number of 10,000-person University events.

Limit Community-Based Activities

Limit community-based activities at the stadium and plazas to 60 days per year.

An Opportunity to Increase Equity for All of Evanston

We are excited to announce additional financial benefits tied to the Ryan Field redevelopment:

$10M
additional commitment from the Ryan Family will enable the University to create an Evanston workforce technology upskilling program.
$2M
minimum guarantee in annual tax and fee revenue to the City of Evanston tied to events at the new stadium.
$500K
annually to support Evanston Public Schools via the application of a ticket surcharge to concerts at Ryan Field.
$250K
annually to support a signature Evanston/Northwestern event that will benefit our entire community as directed by city leadership.