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Northwestern's picturesque football facility is ready to break ground

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In 2012, ESPN rated Northwestern's football facilities as the worst in the Big Ten. By 2017, the Wildcats should be ranked among the tops in all of college football. 

After unveiling plans for a new facility back in September 2012, Northwestern is set to announce that the structure is a go thanks to a new fundraising campaign kickstarted by a $40 million donation by Mark and Kimbra Walker, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

The original price tag was set at $220 million, but the final project should exceed that. However, with a lakefront location within view of downtown Chicago, Northwestern's facility will be unrivaled in college football. Pat Fitzgerald has called it a "game-changer."

"A lot of other universities have made the decision just to do the stadium," he said on National Signing Day. "We've put the priority on student-athletes with a 365-day facility. We already have everything we need to win, but now we'll be able to compete facility-wise with anyone in the country."

The Tribune reported that construction should begin in 2015 and take around two years to complete. 

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