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Big 10 Announces 2020 Football Game At Wrigley Field

A general view of Northwestern's football field inside Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats practice for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday November 20 at Wrigley Field on November 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Big Ten football is coming back to Wrigley Field. The home of the Chicago Cubs will be hosting a major college football game in a couple of years.

Northwestern and Wrigley Field announced today that the MLB ballpark will be hosting a conference game during the 2020 season. The Wildcats will be taking on Wisconsin.

News of the game was reported last week, but it wasn't officially announced until today.

The game will be played on Nov. 7 in 2020. Northwestern will be serving as the home team.

“We are thrilled to return to one of the truly iconic venues in all of sports,” said Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips in a statement. “We’re so appreciative of the collaboration with Tom Ricketts, Crane Kenney and the entire Cubs organization that made this a reality. This is a date that college football fans across the country will be looking forward to until it arrives.”

“This type of experience, just nine miles south of campus, is only available at a place like Northwestern,” NU head football coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “The opportunity to create a bowl game environment for our student-athletes and fans, in the midst of the November battle for the Big Ten West, is one we’re extremely thankful for. It’s one of many big games we’ll host in Chicagoland over the next several years.”

Northwestern and Illinois played at Wrigley Field in 2010. It was the first college football game played at the ballpark since 1938.

Wrigley Field is supposed to be hosting five Northwestern home games going forward. It's unclear when the other four games will be played.