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    Northwestern Spring Exhibition Offers Family Fun and Football April 14!

    Drake Dunsmore, the 2011 Big Ten Tight End of the Year, gave tips to several aspiring Wildcats during the youth football clinic at last year's Spring Exhibition.

    Drake Dunsmore, the 2011 Big Ten Tight End of the Year, gave tips to several aspiring Wildcats during the youth football clinic at last year's Spring Exhibition.

    March 16, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- As Northwestern prepares for an exciting 2012 football season, the Wildcats welcome all fans to Ryan Field on Saturday, April 14, to enjoy the annual Spring Exhibition. Start time for on-field action is set for noon, but there are plenty of reasons to arrive early and enjoy a full day of fun and football!

    Admission and parking for the Spring Exhibition are free. Fans may begin parking in the lots surrounding Ryan Field as early as 7 a.m. for tailgating, and gates to the stadium will open at 10:30 a.m., 90 minutes before the exhibition.

    Before and during the exhibition, Wildcat fans of all ages are invited to partake in games and interactive inflatables on site as well as enjoy concessions and face painters in and around the stadium. Additionally, a free youth football clinic presented by Meijer will precede the exhibition, with representatives from Northwestern Football offering tips and instruction to all youngsters looking to improve their skills.

    After the exhibition, stick around for the chance to interact with players and coaches and participate in an autograph session during the "Cool Down with the 'Cats." A special giveaway will be available for all fans who participate in the Cool Down!

    The date of the Spring Exhibition also represents the deadline for season ticket renewals. Account executives from the Northwestern Athletics ticket office will be on hand to answer any questions for fans regarding tickets for the upcoming 2012 season.

    For more information about the Spring Exhibition, see the timeline of events below or email

    7 a.m.: Tailgating Lots Open-- Recall the fun and festivities of Saturdays in the fall by starting the day off with a tailgate in the parking lots located east and west of Ryan Field. Passes are not required and parking is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    10:30 a.m.: Ryan Field Gates Open-- Find your seat for the Spring Exhibition or check out the view from your 2012 season ticket location! Also be sure to explore all the entertainment on site and take advantage of the chance to win great Northwestern prizes.

    10:30 a.m.: Youth Football Clinic presented by Meijer-- All youngsters in the eighth grade and under are invited to participate in a football skills clinic prior to the Spring Exhibition. The clinic will be held on NU's outdoor turf practice field located just to the north of Ryan Field. Clinic participants will receive instruction from current NU football players. Former Wildcat, and current Chicago Bear linebacker, Nick Roach will be the key note speaker at this year's clinic. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. To register your team or league, contact a Northwestern Athletics ticket representative by phone at 888-GO-PURPLE, or download and return the registration form and requisite waiver linked at the top of this page. Check-in on the day of the event begins at 10 a.m.

    Noon: Exhibition Kickoff-- Get a firsthand look at a Northwestern Football practice and watch as NU lines up in 11-on-11 for the final time before preseason camp in August!

    Post-Exhibition: "Cool Down with the 'Cats"-- Approximately 15 minutes after the exhibition, fans will be invited onto the field to cool down with the 'Cats, take pictures and get autographs from the team. There is also a special giveaway for all fans who participate.

    All Spring Exhibition activities are weather permitting, so be sure to visit for the latest updates.

    The Northwestern Gridiron Network has made an exciting announcement regarding its 19th annual Spring Dinner Auction, which this year will be held in the luxurious Colonnades at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago! The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, with individual tickets available for $175 and tables of 10 on sale for $1,750. Special features of this year's auction include electronic bidding, cocktails on the field, tours of the Bears locker rooms, hundreds of luxury items to bid on and fireworks over Lake Michigan courtesy of the Chicago Park District. Watch for more information on how to secure your ticket in the coming weeks!


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