I think the Big Ten had a case of Winter Classic envy when shoehorning Saturday’s Northwestern-Illinois game into Wrigley Field. Wrigley is, well, intimate. Witness the end of the end zone and what would usually be the right field wall. The quest for unique surroundings will have them playing offense in just one direction, so nobody runs into the right field wall too fast. That should be a sight.
According to a statement on yahoo, the Big Ten is working with:
The following rule changes were determined to be the best of all options and will be in effect for this game only based on the unique layout of the field.
1) All offensive plays will head toward the West end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.
2) All kickoffs will be kicked toward the East end zone.
3) After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the West end zone.
4) As a result of a coin toss held by the conference office Friday morning, Illinois will occupy the West team bench in the first half and Northwestern will occupy the West team bench in the second half and for all overtime periods.
Only time that possession changes will be watched when scoring isn’t done. I guess. Not to be outdone, Notre Dame went big time to take on Army in Yankee Stadium.
No spacial issues there. Sightlines from the third base side might just be a little better in the Bronx