I live near Ryan Field and I believe from personal experience that these proposed changes to the stadium will have a profoundly negative impact on the quality of life of the neighbors living nearby.
My own experience includes an evening when my daughter and I were walking our dog during an evening game. We encountered glass shards on the sidewalk from broken glass bottles and beer cans strewn about the front yards. I have the photos I took of this. We also encountered a young man urinating in my neighbor’s driveway. I was also approached by another man who was visibly drunk and who tried to have a very inappropriate conversation with me.
Many of my neighbors who live near the stadium see this new venue as harmful to their quality of life on the nights these events take place, which will, if we are talking about outdoor concerts, most likely end up being many of our summer weekend evenings.
The traffic congestion for these current 7 home games is awful. If these changes take place, evening traffic that includes people who have been drinking at the stadium will make our neighborhood streets less safe.
When we moved here, we understood there would be 7 home games a year including only 1 or 2 at night. We did not know NU would try to change the stadium into a venue for evening concerts and other events serving alcohol at night.
NU’s football stadium is unique in that it is completely surrounded by residential neighborhoods, unlike the stadiums at most other universities in the U.S. Changing the purpose of the stadium would be unfair to those of us who purchased homes here knowing that the stadium was zoned for a specific purpose only.