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Northwestern U. Unveils Plans for New Football Stadium

Northwestern University has released renderings for a new football stadium to replace the current 97-year-old Ryan Field. To be funded privately at an estimated cost of $800 million, the new stadium will be smaller, with maximum capacity of 35,000. 

The new stadium design comes a year after the Patrick and Shirley Ryan family made a $480-million donation to Northwestern, the largest in the Evanston, IL university’s history. The gift included funding for the new stadium as well as research efforts. 

“We are all grateful to the Ryan Family for their unwavering commitment to Northwestern University and our academic and athletics programs,” said Dr. Derrick Gragg, VP for athletics and recreation. “I have no doubt that the privately funded stadium will be a gamechanger for our football program, athletics department and the community, and will be in line with our other excellent facilities including Welsh-Ryan Arena and Ryan Fieldhouse.” 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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