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Welcome to HTP's expanded history of Northwestern's home game venues. The first section covers the history of NU's on-campus (Sheridan Road and Central Street) stadiums. The second section lists all of the off-campus sites that NU has used for its home games.


Section One: NU Football On-Campus Home Sites


Click to learn about Northwestern's first football fields...
 

Sheppard Field had the first permanent grandstands, making it NU's first true "stadium"...
 

NU football made the move to Central Street,
beginning with Northwestern Field...
 


It served for nearly a century, but NU's legendary stadium is no more...
 


In a shocking move, NU will play on the lakefill for two seasons!

NU has released initial plans for Ryan Field II, showing what is to come on Central Street...




Section Two: NU Football Off-Campus Home Sites

Northwestern has played many games off-campus. Some are road games, hosted by the opponent, and some are games played on truly neutral sites (such as all of the bowl games). However, NU has hosted some games off-campus, with the off-campus stadium serving as the home site for NU. Here are all of the off-campus games that NU hosted.

Note: HTP considers the 2022 Northwestern game vs. Nebraska, held in Dublin, to be a neutral-site game, even though Northwestern was designated the "home" team. The game is part of the HTP special game series.


NU first hosted a game at Wrigley in 1923, with several more to come...
 

For a while in the 20th Century, this was
NU's home away from home...

 

In addition to Soldier and Wrigley Fields,
NU has hosted games at several other venues...