Northwestern is planning some major changes to its home field, according to a new report.
The university plans to tear down Ryan Field, which opened in 1926, and construct a more modern stadium with a smaller capacity, according to Danny Ecker of ChicagoBusiness.com.
"The $800M project would be privately-funded and set up the venue to host concerts, among other non-football events," Ecker tweeted.
According to a press release from Northwestern, the new stadium will be designed for "significantly smaller" crowds with a capacity of 35,000.
NU also claims that the new structure will have "the best sight lines in college football and a premium experience, including chair backs, for every fan as well as an innovative student section modeled on other sports; cutting-edge technology and scoreboards; upgraded concessions featuring food from local restaurants; and iconic design features inside and out."
Located in Evanston, Illinois, Ryan Field currently has a total capacity of 47,130 and is the only FBS stadium in the country without permanent lighting.
Needless to say, some modernization could go a long way to making Northwestern a tougher place to play for opponents and a more enjoyable venue for fans.