Evanston police this morning issued a warning to people planning to party this weekend in connection with Northwestern University’s homecoming football game against Ohio State.

Here’s the text of the advisory:

The Evanston Police Department wants to give notice to all participants attending the festivities associated with the upcoming Northwestern vs. Ohio State football game this Saturday, October 5th.

Concerns of potential problematic activity occurring in the neighborhoods around Ryan Field, off-campus housing and downtown Evanston from excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages will be taken seriously by law enforcement.

Individuals committing violations of disorderly conduct, public urination, and/or having an open container of alcohol on the public way will be subject to arrest and required to post a $120 cash bond for release from police custody after the time consuming booking procedure.

Additionally, minors in possession of alcoholic beverages will be subject to arrest with the same provisions of bond and booking.

Please consider your environment while attending football related events this weekend and assist in creating a positive atmosphere for all, in and around the Evanston Community.

Extra police personnel will be on hand in these areas to address any violations observed or as a result of complaints exhibiting this type of behavior.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. NU Football in Wall Street Journal—and news to me

    Friday Oct. 4 had a full page article about NU football.

    Something I'd never heard was that in the late 70s and early 80s NU football was so bad there was discussion of NU joining the Ivy League conference.

    I recall an article In 1965 about whether NU should be kicked out of the Big Ten.

    I'd wondered for years why NU had no Track and Field—in Norris there was a picture of Fred Williamson [later football player] in some Track event.  No one seemed to know why there was no Track and Field [or even that there was none].  Finally an 'authority' told me it became so bad [when?] that NU dumped it to concentrate on other things [sports ?, academics ?].

    1. NU Track & FieldMaybe the NU

      NU Track & Field

      Maybe the NU track program was "so bad", but I think it had more to do with facilties.

      NU had Track & Field in the days before Dyche Stadium was remodeled to become Ryan Field.  There had been an outdoor track surrounding the football field (I competed for NU on the women's track & field team in the mid '70s; I think 1974-75 was the first year for NU's women's team, after Title IX). There was also an indoor track inside McGaw Hall, before it was remodeled to become Welsh-Ryan Arena.  When I am inside Welsh-Ryan, I still see the "tunnel"  that has been replaced by the lobby and the hallways. The track went under the stands at both ends, making for tight turns and close walls.

      Don Amidei was the Men's Track & Field coach for many years; I think he was head coach from the '60s until the track program was shuttered. He died in July of 2006 if memory serves. Classy coach.

  2. Stop

    Let's stop knocking NU, if for just one day.  It's homecoming, football is undefeated and tonight's game should be a good one against OSU.  Oh, and never mind the huge economic impact this weekend has on Evanston.  

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