Cubs paint Wrigley marquee 'Wildcat Purple'

Cubs paint Wrigley marquee 'Wildcat Purple'

In preparation for the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938, the Cubs kicked off the festivities for Saturday's Wrigleyville Classic on Monday by painting the Wrigley marquee "Wildcat Purple."

Representatives from the Cubs, the game's title sponsor, Allstate, Northwestern University and Valspar all came together on Monday to apply the first strokes of paint in a show of support for the contest.

Saturday's contest, which will pit Northwestern against the University of Illinois, will be the first matchup between the two teams at Wrigley in more than 87 years.

"This is the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938, and with the atmosphere inside and around the ballpark, the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic will be a truly special event," said Cubs board member Laura Ricketts. "Working with Northwestern University to paint the marquee 'Wildcat Purple' is one of many ways we have teamed up with the school to make the Friendly Confines a fun, festive venue for the game."

The game has attracted the attention of ESPN's College Gameday crew, who will be on site and broadcasting from the Friendly Confines on Saturday morning. Commentators and analysts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews are all expected to be on hand.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at BStephens27. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.