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Wrigley Field to Have One End Zone for College Football Game

CHICAGO -- The friendly confines of Wrigley Field are a little too tight for the Big Ten .The league announced Friday that Illinois and Northwestern had agreed to some drastic and unusual changes for Saturday's game at the historic home of the Chicago Cubs -- including running all offensive plays toward the end zone that doesn't happen to come within a foot or so of a padded brick wall.That change, prompted by safety concerns, was approved along with a few others by the NCAA . And if the move sounds like a last-minute surprise, well, the Cubs thought so, too."The field dimension layout was delivered to the Big Ten approximately eight months ago and was approved by the conference," Cubs President Crane Kenney said. "Last month, the field was built exactly to the dimensions previously approved by the Big Ten. Last week, a Big Ten official performed an onsite visit at Wrigley Field, participated in a field walk-thru and raised no issue with the field dimensions, painted lines and boundari...

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