Ultimate Fan Experience

The new privately-funded Ryan Field will create a best-in-the-nation collegiate football experience for fans, players, and the community. The stadium is being designed to create an incomparable fan experience. By reducing the overall maximum capacity to 35,000 (12,000 fewer seats than the current Ryan Field), the stadium will boast incredible sightlines and a premium experience for all attendees. It will also feature a state-of-the-art canopy to focus noise and light on the field, cutting-edge-technology, and will set a new standard for accessibility and inclusivity.

Interior seating bowl of Ryan Field at Northwestern University

New Community Asset

In addition to the unparalleled fan experience, the new Ryan Field will be a modern stadium campus designed with the goal of serving the community in multiple ways. Plazas, parks, and other greenspaces will be accessible year-round, and the stadium will host community events such as holiday celebrations, festivals, movie nights and other student-focused experiences, intramural sports championships, and more. It will also serve as a space for non-profits and community organizations to use for fundraising and other activities.

Project Feasibility

Prior to the approval of the project, Northwestern University engaged CAA ICON to assist in estimating annual operating expenses for Ryan Field following a major stadium reconstruction project. Additionally, CAA ICON was retained to perform a peer review of a previously completed market and financial feasibility study. 

Rendering of the exterior of the new Ryan Field at Northwestern University with lots of people walking into the football stadium

Services Provided

CAA ICON provided Feasibility and Planning services to Northwestern University and is currently engaged as Owner's Representative providing Project Management services.

Project Management

  • Activate
  • Plan and Organize
  • Program and Strategize
  • Design and Pre-Construct
  • Construct
  • Complete

Feasibility and Planning

  • Post Renovation Stadium Expense Analysis
  • Market and Financial Feasibility Study Peer Review