Chicago is interested in getting in the college football bowl scene, although it’s too early to say if SEC teams would be pegged for a trip north for a Wrigley Field bowl game.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune is reporting the World Series champion Chicago Cubs are interested in hosting their own bowl game at Wrigley Field starting after 2020 along the same lines of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Fall renovations are scheduled for each of the next few seasons after the Cubs seasons, but Cubs president Crane Kenney told Greenstein that Wrigley wants in on the holiday action.
He said Northwestern home games would be the first priority for Wrigley, but that the Cubs also would be “absolutely” interested in hosting a bowl game.
One of the major hurdles is field configuration, as a 2010 game at Wrigley Field between Northwestern and Illinois had teams going into the same end zone throughout the game because the walls were too close to the action, officials decided.
Those problems should be solved by 2018, as the dugouts are scheduled to be moved closer to the foul poles next offseason, according to the Tribune. In addition, no bowls will be added until at least 2019.
It’s too early to tell which conferences could have tie-ins to such a game, although the article states Chicago is within driving distance for Big Ten schools and a few from the Big 12 or SEC (think Missouri or Kentucky).