Attendance
Records
Page Posted
1/15/10;
Updated
1/4/15

 




NU Attendance Records
and Sold Out Games

 

Attendance Records
Here are the 15 largest crowds for NU football games at Dyche Stadium

1.   55,752 -- 1962 vs. Notre Dame (on campus home record)
2.   55,682 -- 1960 vs. Notre Dame
3.   55,356 -- 1966 vs. Notre Dame
4.   55,282 -- 1959 vs. Wisconsin
5.   55,155 -- 1972 vs. Notre Dame
6.   54,821 -- 1949 vs. Michigan
7.   54,342 -- 1962 vs. Michigan State
8.   54,301 -- 1974 vs. Notre Dame
9.   52,333 -- 1983 vs. Illinois (last game ever at Dyche Stadium with over 50,000)
10.   52,062 -- 1964 vs. Illinois
11.   52,000 -- 1951 vs. Illinois
12.   51,782 -- 1960 vs. Illinois
13.   51,102 -- 1958 vs. Ohio State
14.   51,039 -- 1953 vs. Illinois
15.   51,028 -- 1964 vs. Wisconsin

The Chicago Bears played the Philadelphia Eagles at Dyche Stadium on September 27, 1970. Attendance was 53,463, which would put the game #9 on the list of Dyche Stadium football crowds.
 
 


Sold Out Games Since 1919

Northwestern Field (List begins at 1919)
Year Opponent
Attendance Notes
1919 Wisconsin 15,000 Unconfirmed*. Set stadium record.
1920 Notre Dame
>20,000 Set stadium record. Expanded seating area.
1922 Purdue 19,000 Unconfirmed.
1923 Iowa 20,000
1924
Indiana 18,000 Unconfirmed.
1925 S. Dakota
18,000 Unconfirmed.

Dyche Stadium / Ryan Field
Year Opponent
Attendance Notes
1926 Chicago 47,000 Set stadium record.
1927 Illinois 50,000 First home crowd over 50K. Set stadium record.
1928 Minnesota 45,000 Unconfirmed. Apparent sellout without temp endzone seats.
1928 Dartmouth 45,000 Unconfirmed.
1929 Minnesota 45,000 Unconfirmed.
1929 Illinois 50,000 Expanded seating area.
1929 Notre Dame
>50,000 Set stadium record.
1930 Wisconsin 48,000  
1930 Notre Dame
48,000  
1936 Minnesota 48,347
1938 Minnesota 48,000 Unconfirmed.
1938 Notre Dame
48,000 Unconfirmed.
1940 Minnesota 48,000  
1940 Notre Dame
48,000  
1941 Notre Dame
48,000  
1943 Notre Dame
49,124
1945 Notre Dame
49,500
1946 Illinois 47,000 Unconfirmed.
1947 Michigan
48,000  
1947 Notre Dame
48,000  
1948 Purdue 48,000
1948 Minnesota 47,000 Unconfirmed.
1948 Ohio State
47,000  
1948 Illinois 48,000  
1949 Michigan 54,821 Set stadium record. New south stadium enclosure brings regular capacity to 50K; expanded temp north seating.
1949 Wisconsin 51,000 Unconfirmed.
1950 Ohio State
50,000 Unconfirmed.
1950 Illinois <50,000 Unconfirmed.
1951 Wisconsin 50,000 Unconfirmed.
1951 Illinois 52,000  
1953 Illinois 51,039  
1958 Ohio State
51,102  
1959 Oklahoma 50,813  
1959 Wisconsin 55,282 Set stadium record.
1960 Notre Dame
55,682 Set stadium record.
1960 Illinois 51,782  
1962 Notre Dame
55,752 Set stadium record. Largest-ever crowd in Evanston.
1962 Michigan State
54,342  
1963 Michigan State
51,013  
1964 Illinois 52,062  
1964 Wisconsin 51,028  
1966 Notre Dame
55,356  
1970 Notre Dame
50,409 Unconfirmed.
1972 Notre Dame
55,155  
1974 Notre Dame
54,301  
1983 Illinois 52,333 Last game in Evanston over 50K.
1995 Wisconsin 49,256  
1995 Penn State 49,256  
1995 Iowa 49,256  
1996 Michigan 48,187  
1996 Illinois 48,187  
1997 Wisconsin 47,129 First sellout at renovated Ryan Field. Seat reduction from 49,256 to 47,129.
1997 Michigan State 47,129  
1997 Penn State 47,129  
1998 Michigan 47,129  
1998 Ohio State 47,129  
2000 Michigan 47,130  
2004 Ohio State
47,130  
2005 Michigan 47,130  
2006 Ohio State
47,130  
2008 Ohio State
47,130  
2010 Iowa 47,130  
2011 Michigan 47,330 Small expanded section atop Walker Terrace.
2012 Nebraska 47,330  
2013 Ohio State
47,330  
2013 Michigan 47,330  
2014 Nebraska 47,330  

*Games listed as "unconfirmed" have confirmed attendance numbers; however, their status as capacity crowds is not confirmed. Given their attendance numbers, these games are apparent sellouts.


NU Home Game Sellouts, Off-Campus

Year Opponent
Attendance Notes
1923 Illinois 32,000 Home game at Wrigley Field. Seats expanded from 20K regular capacity at Cubs Park.
1994 Notre Dame
66,946 Home game at Soldier Field
2010 Illinois 41,058 Home game at Wrigley Field. Reconfigured seating.

The 1992 home game vs. Notre Dame at Soldier Field, while a large crowd, was not a sellout. 

Also, the 1991 home game vs. Ohio State at Cleveland Stadium was not sold out.  However, the game's attendance, 73,830, does make it technically the largest attendance for a Northwestern home game, on or off campus.