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Ryan Field

1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 491-2287
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Evanston
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Most recent review
- Sep 8, 2014
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Fremont, CA
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Pluses: easy to get to from Chicago, friendly fans, enough women's bathrooms, new video board Minuses: Its outdated, hard metal benches, old facilities, unintelligible PA system, TV tower blocking the new video board, little shade. Bottom line: Wouldn't come here except our team was playing Northwestern

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White Plains, New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Bleacher seating, very little shady areas to escape the onslaught of summer sun and metal support beams that are rusting out makes Ryan itself a disappointing place that doesn't reflect the Northwestern image of a world-class university. I am told the basketball arena is even worse. Hey NU, if you are claiming that sports help create a healthy atmosphere among... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Was here for the Ohio State/Northwestern game In October 2013. I had tickets in Section 111 about 10-15 rows from the field and the visibility was great. Venue is on smaller side and reminded me of a large high school stadium. Stadium is somewhat dated and the 'guts' of it (concessions, walking ramps, etc) looked rundown. We took the L... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Went to two Northwestern games last fall after moving to the area. Like the fact that the stadium is very "old-school", oval with bleacher seats, real grass, reasonably priced concessions, get close to the action. Described it to my kids as more like a larger high school field and a big stadium. (Our previous experience was Univ. of Pittsburgh games... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We have been to all the Big 10 schools to watch a game. This is one of my favorite places to visit. The campus is beautiful. The fans are respectful. The area is very nice and safe. Downtown Chicago is 40 minutes away. Lots of great restaurants and bars to choose from. Highly recommend a visit to NW!

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Chicago, Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Although it has fewer than 10,000 students, the Big Ten's only private university has been fielding some competitive football teams in the last few years. As season ticket holders since the late '70's we have seen positive changes in the last fifteen years. Now the stands are usually full! College football games "feel different" than going to a professional football... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Just saw my first Northwestern game at Ryan Field and it was a great experience. The home crowd was so into the game.

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Evanston, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I have season tickets to NW football; I am not a big football fan, but it is a great way to spend a crisp, fall afternoon. When was the last time you went to a Big Ten Football Game? There are always tickets available so you can drive to Evanston spur of the moment. It's fun to... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
82 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I am an Evanston resident, and I enjoy having the stadium in my neighborhood. It can be loud, and crazy on game days (not to mention a traffic nightmare!), but Evanston/Northwestern take good care of residents and visitors, so the stadium is clean and well-kept, and activities are well-supervised and relatively orderly. There is no big bar scene in the... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Got to hang out in the stands while my son attended Northwestern football camp. Nice intimate stadium and probably a lot of fun to see a game. They were doing construction at the time. Field is great, but seating and upper part of stadium could use a bit of a face lift.

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