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Transformative facilities on the shores of Lake Michigan

Construction of Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and the Walter Athletics Center represents a transformational opportunity to unite the University community. In addition to providing our varsity student-athletes with resources to compete at the highest level, these facilities promise to better integrate them with the rest of the University, bringing them closer to their classrooms and fellow students.

Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and the Walter Athletics Center will raise our national visibility with prospective student-athletes and world-class amenities, such as state-of-the-art sports performance venues, locker rooms, academic support, nutrition and sports medicine, will complement the benefits associated with the facility’s close proximity to both practice and competition venues.

Moreover, Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field, and the Walter Athletics Center will meet the needs of the entire student body by accommodating club and intramural sports as well as recreational activities and major campus events, all in a stunning setting on the shores of Lake Michigan. These modern, high-quality facilities will aid in recruiting top talent, preparing teams for success, and improving the overall student-athlete experience while providing exceptional benefits for all students, faculty, and staff.

By integrating Athletics’ vision with the larger goals of the University, this plan has the potential to uplift every part of the community. The new facilities bring an unprecedented opportunity to…
  • Bring student-athletes closer to their classrooms and the rest of the University community
  • Meet the needs of all students through intercollegiate, club, and intramural sports, as well as recreational activities and major events
  • Unify and contribute to the well-being of the entire community: students, faculty, staff, and residents of Evanston and the surrounding communities
  • Enhance recruitment and raise our visibility with student-athletes nationally
  • Improve the fan experience and help solidify “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” as a major player in the conference and across the country


The time for action is now.

Leadership gifts from our most dedicated supporters and fans can catalyze this project and help Northwestern reach the next level of success. Through your generosity, we can realize this vision and make Wildcats fans the world over prouder than they ever thought possible.

For more information about making a gift, please contact Chris McFarlane at 847-467-4856.