The Northern Illinois University football team will be sporting new home and road jerseys this season.
The new threads are provided by NIU’s official outfitter, adidas, and feature black piping running up the sides of both the red and white jerseys and lead to a black accent stripe on the red uniform and a red accent stripe on the white. The accent stripes are found on both the front and back of the uniforms and lead to the neck.
The updated design retains the H-U-S-K-I-E-S lettering just above the numbers, however it is much larger in 2010. Higher Lycra content gives the uniforms more stretch making them easier to take on and off. The numbers are easier to read allowing fans to follow their favorite Huskie during the games. The Mid-American Conference and adidas logos are proudly displayed on the front. The pants are the only part of the uniform that remains unchanged.
“The reaction from the players has been very positive,” said NIU equipment manager Alvy Armstrong. “The players have been coming in and trying them on. They have been fitting well and they are excited.”
The home uniforms are the first new set for Northern Illinois since 2006, while the new road unis replace the 2007 design. NIU’s headgear also received a makeover. The Riddell helmets were given a fresh coat of black paint with red metallic flake giving them a more modern and up-to-date look.
Fans can get their first glimpse at the 2010 uniforms Thursday, Sept. 2 when Northern Illinois travels to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and Comcast SportsNet Chicago will pick up the Fox Sports Net broadcast of the game. The home opener is set for Sept. 11 when NIU welcomes North Dakota to Huskie Stadium. Game time for the Huskies and Fighting Sioux is 6 p.m.
Season tickets for all five of Northern Illinois 2010 home games are currently on sale through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office and online at www.NIUHuskies.com. NIU season football tickets are one of the region’s best values at just $85 for all five games. NIU faculty and staff, Varsity Club (former letterwinners), NIU Alumni Association members and senior citizens can purchase season tickets for only $74. The three-game mini-plan allows fans to choose any three 2010 games, including Homecoming, to get the same reserved seat for all three games for just $50.
Tickets can be ordered online at www.NIUHuskies.com (click the “Tickets” link on the top of the page), on the phone at 815-752-6800 or in person at the NIU Convocation Center Ticket Office in DeKalb.