Game times for football opener, homecoming announced

NIU Huskie Football fans

The NIU football team opens the 2014 season with a 6 p.m. game vs. Presbyterian on Thursday, August 24.

Game times for two of Northern Illinois University’s 2014 home football games were among those announced by the Mid-American Conference Friday. The Huskies’ 2014 season opener on Thursday, Aug. 28 versus Presbyterian will kick off at 6 p.m. (CT) at Huskie Stadium, while kickoff for NIU’s game versus Central Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 11th will be at 4 p.m.

NIU will open the season at Huskie Stadium for the first time since 2011 when the Blue Hose of Presbyterian come to DeKalb for the first time. NIU students will be closing out their first week of fall semester classes and looking forward to the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and the game will serve as the start of CornFest activities in the city and surrounding region.

On Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, fans will get an early look at a team looking to extend its nation-leading home winning streak to 27 games as NIU has not lost on its home field since 2009. The Huskies return 16 starters, including nine on offense, to a team that went 12-2 a year ago and has posted four straight seasons with 11 or more wins.

Cameron Stingily

Cameron Stingily is among nine returning starters for the NIU offense

The 4 p.m. game time for the Huskies’ 108th Homecoming contest on Saturday, Oct. 11 versus Central Michigan, will provide plenty of time for pregame tailgating, meeting old friends and fellow alumni and visits across campus.

One of the best gathering places for Homecoming, and at every home game in 2014, will be “The Yard,” the new official tailgate area of Huskie Athletics, which will be located on the West Side of Huskie Stadium. The Yard will feature live bands, giant television screens, a beer garden, food vendors, the NIU team of the week, a kids’ area and more. The Yard will open two-and-a-half hours before kickoff prior to every home game in 2014.

NIU football 2014 season tickets are on sale now and provide the best value and access to the best seats to watch the Huskies. A season ticket for all five 2014 Huskie home games is just $110 for the general public and $95 for NIU faculty and staff, NIU Alumni Association members and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 815-753-7225 (PACK) or through the NIU Convocation Center Ticket Office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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