Oct. 21, 2010
FAN INFORMATION FOR NORTHWESTERN VS. MICHIGAN STATE HARRIS BANK DAY
East and West Parking Lots will open at 7 a.m.
Greet the NU team at WALK with Us on Walker Way at 8:15 a.m.
Wildcat Alley (Family Fun Fest) on the grass practice football field north of the stadium (and north of softball, east of baseball) will open at 9 a.m.
Ryan Field gates will open at 9:30 a.m.
Kickoff at 11 a.m.
Unless you hold a season parking pass or a handicapped parking pass, you will NOT be allowed to park in Ryan Field's East and West Parking Lots (located at Ashland Avenue and Central Street in Evanston). In addition, street parking immediately around the stadium is limited, and authorities are vigilant about towing violators.
The following directions will lead you to Northwestern's campus and the link below identifies the FREE parking lots on campus from which FREE shuttle buses can take you to Ryan Field. Shuttle buses begin running approximately two hours before kickoff and run until one hour after the conclusion of the game.
Northwestern Football Gameday Directions
DIRECTIONS TO RYAN FIELD:
From the North:
Take I-94 to Skokie Blvd/ Route 41 Exit. Exit ramp becomes Skokie Boulevard. Continue south to Lake Avenue (second traffic light). Turn left on Lake Avenue and proceed east to Sheridan Road and continue south to football parking lots.
From the South:
Take I-90/94. Where I-90 and I-94 split, take I-94 toward Milwaukee. Follow I-94 to Dempster Street east and proceed east on Dempster Street to Chicago Avenue. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Alternate Route from the South:
From the West/ O'Hare Airport:
Take Lake Shore Drive north to Sheridan Road. Continue north on Sheridan Road until you reach Dempster Avenue. Turn left on Dempster and proceed to Ridge Avenue, and then turn right. Take Ridge Avenue to Central Street (please note that after the Church Street intersection, Ridge Avenue splits at Green Bay Road. If you proceed straight, you can follow Ridge to Central Street). At Central, turn left and the stadium is located one-half mile on the right.
Take I-55, I-88 or I-90 to I-294. Follow I-294 north to Dempster Street east. Proceed east on Dempster Street to Chicago Avenue. Turn left on Chicago Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Alternate Exit from I-294 and I-94:
Take Touhy Avenue east and proceed to McCormick Boulevard. Turn left on McCormick Boulevard and proceed north to Dempster Street. Turn right on Dempster Street and proceed east to Forest Avenue. Turn left on Forest Avenue and proceed north to football parking lots.
Due to Evanston construction, traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, so please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at the stadium. Public transportation is also strongly encouraged.
Sheridan Road Construction Project
Please be aware of the construction project in Evanston that will affect game day traffic flow on football Saturdays in 2010.
This road construction will affect Sheridan Road near the Sheridan Rd./Chicago Ave. intersection. Northbound traffic near the Arch will be reduced to one lane while southbound traffic will either be re-routed at Foster or required to head south onto Chicago Ave.
For more information on the construction project and the detour route, click here.
We suggest that fans coming to campus from the south take Ridge Avenue or take Sheridan or Chicago Ave. north in Evanston, and head west to Ridge via Dempster Avenue.
Other Transportation Options
The CTA Purple Line stops at Central Street where you can walk three blocks west on Central Street to the stadium. The Metra Union Pacific North Line from downtown Chicago and Kenosha, Wis., stops at Central Street where you can walk three blocks east on Central to the stadium.
Other Key Gameday Information
We would also like to remind you that the following items are PROHIBITED in Ryan Field: Umbrellas, alcohol, food, noisemakers (including cowbells), coolers, video cameras, large lens cameras and thermoses.
Will Call opens at 8 a.m. Will Call is defined as tickets left by the Athletic Department, tickets purchased via the mail or phone orders that were not mailed. Will Call does not accept drop-off tickets. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, Will Call lines may be long!
In consideration of our neighbors, the East and West parking lots will close approximately three hours after the game.
Northwestern University, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, and other intimidating actions directed at officials, athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated. Thank you.
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