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Northwestern Wildcats Football Season Tickets (Includes Tickets To All Regular Season Home Games) Sep 1, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Sep 2, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Duke Blue Devils vs. Northwestern Wildcats Sep 9, 2017
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Wallace Wade Stadium
Durham, NC
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Bowling Green Falcons Sep 16, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Sep 30, 2017
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Camp Randall Stadium
Madison, WI
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Oct 7, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats Oct 13, 2017
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Maryland Stadium
College Park, MD
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Oct 21, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans Oct 27, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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PARKING: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Nov 4, 2017
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Memorial Stadium Parking Lots - NE
Lincoln, NE
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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Nov 4, 2017
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Memorial Stadium - NE
Lincoln, NE
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers Nov 11, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Nov 18, 2017
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Ryan Field
Evanston, IL
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Northwestern Wildcats Nov 25, 2017
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Memorial Stadium - IL
Champaign, IL
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Northwestern Wildcats

The Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northwestern University, a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and the only private university in the conference. Northwestern has eight men's and eleven women's Division I sports teams. The mascot is Willie the Wildcat. The athletic director is former Northern Illinois University Athletic Director Jim Phillips, who took office in April 2008.Northwestern's athletic teams are nicknamed the Wildcats. Before 1924, they were known as "The Purple" and unofficially as "The Fighting Methodists." The name Wildcats was bestowed upon the university in 1924 by Wallace Abbey, a writer for the Chicago Daily Tribune who wrote that even in a loss to the University of Chicago, "Football players had not come down from Evanston; wildcats would be a name better suited to Coach Glenn Thistletwaite's boys." The team was also referred to in the article as "a Purple wall of wildcats." The name was so popular that university board members made "Wildcats" the official nickname just months later. In 1972, the student body voted to change the official nickname from "Wildcats" to "Purple Haze" but the new name never stuck.

The Northwestern Athletics' mascot is Willie the Wildcat. However, the team's first mascot was not Willie, but a live, caged bear cub from the Lincoln Park Zoo named Furpaw. In fall 1923, Furpaw was driven to the playing field to greet the fans before each game. After a losing season, the team decided that Furpaw was the harbinger of bad luck and banished him from campus. Willie made his debut ten years later in 1933 as a logo, but did not actually come to life until 1947, when members of the Alpha Delta fraternity dressed up as him during the Homecoming parade. The Northwestern University Marching Band (NUMB) performs at all home football and lead cheers in the student section and the alma mater at the end of the game.