Northwestern University and Evanston city officials have announced plans for a football weekend promotion for local residents this fall.

Northwestern University and Evanston city officials have announced plans for a football weekend promotion for local residents this fall.

NU President Schapiro and Mayor Tisdahl hold the football at a Ryan Field gathering of officials Wednesday evening to announce the promotion.

The “Paint Evanston Purple” weekend will start with a pep rally at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in front of the Rotary International Building on Sherman Avenue downtown and feature half-price tickets for Evanston residents to the Saturday, Sept. 25, football game at Ryan Field against Central Michigan University.

“I am excited to live in a community with a Big Ten University and a stellar football program,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “I am looking forward to Evanston residents coming out to show their support for the Wildcats on Evanston Day at Ryan Field. I encourage all residents to help us ‘Paint Evanston Purple.’ Go Cats!”

The pep rally will be emceed by Northwestern football All-American and Evanston resident Mike Adamle. Mayor Tisdahl and NU President Morton Schapiro will be joined by Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips and Wildcat Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Fans and residents attending the pep rally are encouraged to wear purple as select businesses will be offering promotions to individuals sporting the Northwestern-specific hue. Northwestern t-shirts and Wildcat gear will be available for sale at a booth along Sherman Avenue.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host City of Evanston Day at Ryan Field,” Fitzgerald said. “As members of the Evanston community, our football family is focused on making a difference in our own backyard and we hope to do that by inviting Evanstonians to Ryan Field for this special day. We look forward to seeing a lot of purple in the stands on Sept. 25 and at the Pep Rally in downtown Evanston on Sept. 23.”

Game Day festivities begin two hours before kickoff at Wildcat Alley, located adjacent to Ryan Field. The family-fun zone will offer a range of activities, including face painting, games, appearances by the marching band, drinks, food and much more. The City of Evanston also will have a presence in the area, including the new fire truck, recently purchased by Northwestern for the City.

Evanston residents can purchase a ticket to the Central Michigan game online at for half price ($17) with the promotion code “purple.” Game time will be announced on on Monday, Sept. 13.

More information is available online.

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