Wrigley Field Safety Concerns Force Changes for Northwestern-Illinois Matchup

Pedro GonzalezContributor INovember 19, 2010

The East end zone (WILDCATS) won´t be used  by the offense
The East end zone (WILDCATS) won´t be used by the offenseJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Big Ten announced this Friday, after discussions about the East-side end zone safety concerns in Wrigley Field, the upcoming Northwestern Wildcats-Illinois Fighting Illini game, both offenses will only use the West-side end zone.

The East end zone being just feet away of the right-field wall was raising concerns about the players safety. Even with the padding of the iconic ivy, the Big Ten decided not to rick its players and made some rule changes for the game.

This are the four rules that were made to protect the players and where posted on the Big Ten official website:

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.

The Wildcats (7-3) will face the Fighting Illini (5-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm ET.

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