Self-proclaimed as ™Chicago's Big Ten team,∫ the Wildcats
have been to three straight bowl games and seven since the start of
the 2000 season. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald is a local product from
Orland Park who played for Northwestern from 1993-96, twice earning
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Three hours before kickoff, adults and children alike can
enjoy the festive and free Wildcat Alley, featuring face painting,
inflatable games, food and drink to buy, plus appearances by the
school's marching band along with current and past Northwestern
athletes. Eighth-graders and younger receive a certificate if
attending their first Northwestern game. Fans can join the school
band, cheerleaders and Willie the Wildcat in greeting the team when
it arrives to the field 2 ½ hours before kickoff.
Fans can buy a $10 lap ticket for children 2 and younger.
Available only on game days.