Football played on a baseball field -- one of the few things you won't see outside of America. It's the Northern Illinois Huskies' turn to host MAC West foe Toledo Rockets in 2016, but instead of playing at Huskie Stadium, the two teams will meet up at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
The game will be the first football game in the 25-year history of U.S. Cellular Field. pic.twitter.com/PAdNuOEpbn— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) February 17, 2016
NIU was supposed to play against Nebraska at Soldier Field this year, but since Nebraska moved to the Big Ten which forced them to play nine conference games instead of eight, Nebraska pulled out of those plans in July 2013. The last time NIU played a football game in Chicago was against Iowa in 2012, where the Huskies suffered a close 18-17 loss. Jordan Lynch led the Huskies with 119 rushing yards that day.
According to Chicago Tribune sources, NIU plans on bringing 30,000 fans to the stadium, which is just one hour East of campus. The Cell has a stadium capacity of 40,615 while Huskie Stadium holds 23,595. This will be the stadium's first hosted football game in its 25-year history since it originally opened as Comiskey Park in 1991.