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Sport Greenstein: Northwestern-Ohio State game will be logistical nightmare

03:45  18 october  2019
03:45  18 october  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Spectator congestion plagued last year's Northwestern -Notre Dame game , and the weekday kickoff for Friday's Ohio State game figures to increase the The Big Ten knows this and still scheduled a game that promises to be a logistical nightmare for those who have the audacity to work on Friday

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The Ohio State - Northwestern game was moved to Friday night for the sake of TV ratings. And now it has been bumped off FS1. Those who oppose Friday night college football games because, say, they inconvenience working fans who wish to tailgate and conflict with high school games , might find

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There are really bad ideas, such as offering an opinion on the China/Hong Kong conflict.

And then there are insanely bad ideas, like playing the Ohio State-Northwestern game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ryan Field in Evanston.

The antiquated stadium has a seating capacity of 47,330 in the same way an elevator has a maximum capacity of 2,200 pounds. Neither is suitable, when filled, for a 3 1/2-hour hangout.

The Big Ten knows this and still scheduled a game that promises to be a logistical nightmare for those who have the audacity to work on Friday afternoons and then try to drive to a stadium in a packed residential area. Or for those who want to watch their kids play high school football on a night that should be reserved for them.

Northwestern fought back when the conference stuck it with two Friday night games in 2017, one at Maryland and the other at home. Both were moved to Saturdays. If school officials protested this time, they did not try hard enough.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State football team is heavily favored over Northwestern on Friday, and it should be . The Buckeyes have the more talented team, while the Wildcats have been disappointing in comparison to its The game is on a Friday night , which is unusual in college football.

The 2019 Ohio State at Northwestern football game has been moved up one day to Friday, Oct. The game , which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, will be played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. The game will be played at night , and the exact time and television network will

The Big Ten sees these games as time slots, not kickoffs, and angles to maximize revenue from its TV partners. The schools in turn get more money for their weight rooms and smoothie bars, plus the extra exposure that comes with the Friday night TV audience.

Illinois did this last season for a game against Penn State. The Illini got exposed, all right, yielding the final 42 points in a 63-24 blowout. Tell me how that helps recruiting.

The Wildcats figure to take the same kind of punishment against the mighty Buckeyes. A blowout would have some recruits asking what happened to the program that won the Big Ten West last season.

Ah, but here’s some serendipity: Major League Baseball postponed Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to Thursday because of a nor’easter, pushing Game 5 of the Astros-Yankees series to Friday night.

That resulted in the Ohio State-Northwestern game getting bumped from Fox Sports 1 to the Big Ten Network. So the game that was moved to maximize TV ratings will not air on the network that would have provided them.

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Northwestern and Ohio State will meet again in 2019. The rematch of the Big Ten title game will be played at Ryan Field, in prime time, on Friday, Oct. For Pat Fitzgerald, Friday night lights will always conjure images of high school football. Yet Northwestern will play its biggest regular-season game of

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Ryan Field was last stuffed to the brink when Notre Dame visited Nov. 3, 2018, for a 6:15 p.m. game.

Scores of Irish fans arrived early and tailgated in the west lot, taking up parking spaces. Some NU fans who thought they had a guaranteed spot were directed to Wilmette.

The bigger problem was the area in the southwest corner of the stadium. Fans were stuck while Irish players walked to the tunnel from the visiting locker room, which one athletic director has called “the worst in college football.”

The result, combined with fans ogling Notre Dame’s shiny helmets while standing in the stadium’s gate entries, caused a bottleneck. Some spectators who tried to enter the stadium nearly 30 minutes before kickoff did not get to their seats until midway through the first quarter.

Danny Waytula, a 28-year-old Notre Dame alumnus, was one of them.

“The worst experience I’ve had at a game,” said Waytula, who missed Michael Young’s 47-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter while waiting in a bathroom line that stretched from one restroom to another.

With no view of the field from the concourse and bad cellphone reception, Waytula said his only information came from trying to judge the applause.

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“It felt like a game from the 1920s,” he said.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been outspoken in his desire to give high school players and coaches the spotlight on Friday nights.

“I understand the TV partners and all that, but you also have to think about your local challenges and issues — we share parking lots with a world-renown hospital where a lot of people are working. Ryan Field is not the easiest place to get to on a Saturday let alone a Friday afternoon. My hope is that our fans anticipate that. I hope we have a plan for that. I hope the city of Evanston embraces it and they can make a lot of money and everyone stays healthy and safe and it’s a great game and we find a way to win by one. All those things would be a perfect day.”

Credit NU officials with acknowledging the problem and doing something about it. Among other ideas, they are incentivizing fans to come early.

Northwestern will have a men’s basketball scrimmage next door at Welsh-Ryan Arena that tips off around 4:30 p.m. and is free to the public. After a 5:10 pep rally and team walk-through at Welsh-Ryan, the Ryan Field gates will open at 5:30.

The first 5,000 fans entering the stadium will get a free hat. Food and drink discounts will be in effect until 6.

Northwestern has relocated the N Zone to the southeast corner of Ryan Field. It opens three hours before kickoff and provides three entry points to the stadium plus 30 to 40 port-a-potties. Beer and wine is available for purchase, as are upscale food items from Levy. And if you want to harass Dave Eanet, WGN Radio will have a live remote.

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The Friday night game between Ohio State and Northwestern will no longer be broadcast on FS1. It will be aired on the Big Ten Network. The Rangers and Yankees have had games four and five of their series pushed to Thursday and Friday because of a weather delay, which bumped NW/OSU off

Northwestern will be rocking some fresh uniforms when they play Ohio State this weekend. The Wildcats tweeted out a video of their sick unis for the game , and As the uniforms are put on display, a voice over states , “Do not go gentle into that good night , Old age should burn and rave at close of day.

Officials also created a bypass near the visiting team’s tunnel to alleviate fan congestion.

You might call it lipstick on a pig, but given that there’s no immediate plan to give aging Ryan Field (opened in 1926, last renovated in 1997) the renovation it needs, NU officials are doing the best they can.

A Friday night game makes it all worse. But, hey, think of the exposure!

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