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Tight squeeze at Wrigley, Yankee Stadium

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 16, 2010 01:24 PM

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The end zone at the far right of this Wrigley Field photo will abut the outfield wall. (Associated Press)


Football coaches at Northwestern and Illinois better yank that deep fly pattern to the back of the end zone from their playbook this weekend.

And Army and Notre Dame had better be careful using the fade to the back corner of the end zone.

Both of those college football matchups will be played in baseball stadiums that have modified for football, but in both cases it's a tight squeeze.

At Wrigley Field in Chicago, where Northwestern faces Illinois, part of one end zone is just about flush up against the famous ivy-covered outfield wall. The other end zone is about 10 feet from the third-base dugout, according to the Sporting News.

At Yankee Stadium, where Army faces Notre Dame, the corners of each end zone are close to the stands as well, although no real safety concerns have been raised. An image of Yankee Stadium's football layout is below.

Wrigley has been host to football before, and the NFL played about 350 games there until 1970. Saturday will be the first football game in the new Yankee Stadium, although previous versions hosted many gridiron battles.

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