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Football times, TV broadcasts taking shape

June 15, 2011

NIU Huskie football players celebrateFour more Northern Illinois football games have been scheduled for broadcast and the Huskies released two additional game times Wednesday in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference television release.

Northern Illinois’ 2011 football season opener versus Army on Saturday, Sept. 3, the NIU-Wisconsin game at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Huskies’ game at Central Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 1, all will be available live online nationwide through ESPN3.com.

The Army game will kickoff at 6 p.m. from Huskie Stadium, while Soldier Field Showdown II and the CMU game will both begin at 2:30 p.m. 

NIU’s Oct. 22 game at Buffalo will kickoff at 11 a.m. (CT) and be available through the MAC’s syndicated television package produced by ESPN Plus and carried in markets throughout the Midwest and across the nation. The NIU-Buffalo game also will be available on ESPN GamePlan and on ESPN3.com.

Chandler Harnish

Chandler Harnish

The 2011 schedule now includes at least eight games that will be carried on one of the ESPN platforms.

“The exposure that comes from our association with ESPN through the Mid-American Conference is invaluable as we continue to build our football program,” said Jeff Compher, NIU associate vice president and director of Athletics. “In addition, the flexibility of ESPN3.com allows us to play at times most popular with our fans for those games.” 

In conjunction with the TV release, Northern Illinois also set game times for two additional Huskie Stadium home games. Both the NIU-Cal Poly contest on Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Kent State game on Saturday, Oct. 8, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. 

Game times for the Huskies’ three Tuesday games in November, all of which will be televised by either ESPN2 or ESPNU, were previously announced by the MAC.

The Nov. 1 game at Toledo will kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, while the game at Bowling Green a week later at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Northern Illinois will play host to Ball State at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. 

NIU’s Homecoming game versus Western Michigan on Oct. 15 will have an afternoon kickoff time; however, the exact time is not available yet pending local television arrangements. Likewise, the regular season finale at home versus Eastern Michigan on Nov. 25 will be played during the day with the time to be determined based on television. Kansas has not set a kickoff time for its game versus NIU on Sept. 10 in Lawrence. 

Tickets for the 2011 Northern Illinois football season are on sale now through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center and online at www.NIUHuskies.com.

Soldier Field Showdown IISeason tickets for all six Huskie football home games are available for just $99 for the general public and $88 for NIU faculty and staff, senior citizens and NIU Alumni Association and Varsity Club members. Season tickets provide a 33 percent discount compared to single game ticket prices, and season ticket holders still receive a $15 discount off the purchase of an equal number off Soldier Field Showdown II  tickets.

Three-game mini-plans are also available for just $50 each with customers allowed to choose their own games.

Northern Illinois fans can also still purchase tickets to Soldier Field Showdown II, the Sept. 17 game between NIU and Wisconsin at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Tickets to the game are $90, $75 and $60 and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.HuskieFootball2011.com.

For more information on NIU season tickets or Soldier Field Showdown II tickets, call the NIU External Office at (815) 753-1923 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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