Ryan Field sits on what was once a football field that held 10,000 people on wooden benches in the very early 1900s. In 1926, a new stadium was constructed to seat 45,000 and was named Dyche Stadium after former Evanston Mayor, NU Business Manager and NU Vice President William A. Dyche. Renovations in 1949 brought the capacity up to 49,256. In 1996, Dyche Stadium recieved a complete overhaul, and was reopened in the fall of 1997 with grass turf and a capacity of 47,130. The stadium was renamed Ryan Field after The Ryan family: Patrick G. Ryan, a 1959 graduate, is the Chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees and has been a board member since 1978. His wife, Shirley Ryan, is a 1961 graduate and has been a member of Northwestern’s Women’s Board since 1978. Sitting less than a mile from Lake Michigan, spectators on the upper level of the west side of the stadium can catch a view of the water while Lake Michigan winds whip through the stands.
Ryan Field Concessions:
Lou Malnati’s Pizza can be found near Gate S and E, Section 115 and Mezzanine 108.
Grills can be found near Gate N and Section 113.
Hecky’s BBQ can be found near Section 116.
Coffee can be found near Gate P and R and Section 108 and 114.
- Gates open 1 and 1/2 hours prior to kick-off.
- Must enter through the gate listed on your ticket.
- No alcohol.
- No smoking.
- No coolers, bottles, thermoses, cans or outside food.
- No large lens cameras, video cameras, tripods or flash photography.
- No umbrellas.
- No banners, signs, flags or noisemakers.
- No large purses, bags or backpacks.
- Item check-in of prohibited items is NOT provided.