Huskies lower 2013 football season ticket prices

Season tickets include free MAC away game, postseason admission

Tommylee Lewis

Tommylee Lewis

Northern Illinois kicked off its 2013 season ticket campaign by announcing lower football season ticket prices, including a $50 season ticket with $50 in parking and concessions coupons, and a marketing campaign using the theme “Be Proud, Be NIU.”

In addition to the lower ticket prices, Huskie season ticket holders will receive two free tickets to one of Northern Illinois’ Mid-American Conference road games and a free ticket to a Northern Illinois postseason contest.

Inspired by the pride Huskie fans across the nation derived from Northern Illinois’ record-breaking 2012 football season and historic appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl, “Be Proud, Be NIU” will be seen on posters, schedule cards, advertisements and additional marketing materials throughout 2013.

Fans will be urged to “be” season ticket-holders, donors, fans and supporters.

In 2013, fans across the region can see one of the most successful NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country over the last three seasons play five home games at Huskie Stadium for just $50.

This year’s “Huskieland Plan,” the low-price season ticket option which debuted last year, includes tickets to all five home games in sections A or G of the stadium, plus $50 in “Doggie Dollars” redeemable for parking at the Water Tower Lot or at stadium concession stands.

Jordan Lynch

Jordan Lynch

Season ticket prices in other sections of the stadium will also cost less in 2013 with excellent locations on the West Side of Huskie Stadium available for just $100. Season tickets for Northern Illinois University faculty and staff, NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) and Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62 and older) and youth (13 and younger), are $88 each.

In addition to pricing advantages, Northern Illinois season ticket holders will receive two free tickets (per account) to one of NIU’s Mid-American Conference road game in 2013.

The league-wide program begins its second season this year. NIU will visit MAC schools Kent State (Oct. 5), Central Michigan (Oct. 19), UMass (Nov. 2) and Toledo (Nov. 20) in 2013. Northern Illinois will also provide each season ticket holder with a free ticket to follow the Huskies in the postseason – either to the MAC Championship game in Detroit (should NIU claim its fourth straight West Division title) or to any bowl destination.

The Huskies will look to extend their school record bowl streak to six in 2013.

Northern Illinois 2012 season ticket holders will receive their renewal packets in the mail this week. Returning purchasers have until May 31, 2013 to claim their seats or request an upgrade. Chairback and benchback season tickets can be purchased for $100 with a per seat donation to the Huskie Athletic Support Fund. To purchase season tickets or for more information, call (815) 753-1923 or check the Tickets page of NIUHuskies.com.

Jimmie Ward

Jimmie Ward

NIU plays its first home game Sept. 21, 2013 when Eastern Illinois comes to Huskie Stadium for the first time since 1998, a 24-10 Panthers’ victory. The Huskies will take on Akron on Oct. 12 in the annual Homecoming game and play host to Eastern Michigan Oct. 26. Northern Illinois plays MAC West foe Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in an ESPN national broadcast, and closes out the 2013 regular season versus Western Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 26, on ESPN2.

Northern Illinois returns 14 starters (eight offense, five defense, one specialist) in 2013, led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch, a 2012 second-team All-American who accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of total offense while setting NCAA records for rushing by a quarterback with 12 100-yard rushing games. Leading tackler Jimmie Ward and the Huskies’ entire offensive line are among the 55 returning letterwinners for 2013.

NIU opens 2013 spring practices Wednesday, March 20, with the spring game slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Huskie Stadium.

For more information on NIU football and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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