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Students: Soldier Field Showdown II wants you

September 14, 2011

Go Huskies!Students can catch all the action Saturday’s Soldier Field Showdown II, when Coach Dave Doeren and the Huskies battle University of Wisconsin Badgers along Chicago’s lakefront.

Although student tickets are $25 each plus a $5 processing fee, a buy-one-get-one-free deal turns that into $30 for two ducats.

Tickets are available at the Convocation Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Students must show their OneCard to get the BOGO package; each student is limited to two tickets.

Shelley Binegar, assistant athletics director, estimates attendance will top 40,000. She expects more than 2,000 NIU students are taking seats in the stands.

Soldier Field Showdown IIFans can expect a great game.

Wisconsin – currently ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the BCS standings – is physical, competitive and not in the business of beating itself. That’s according to Doeren, who was the team’s defensive coordinator at this time last year and expects a tough contest.

“The challenge ahead of us with the team we’re playing; they’re a really good football team,” Doeren said.

But “playing at Soldier Field is a special deal to our football team. Half our team is from the state of Illinois, and a lot of them are Bears fans, so playing in that stadium brings a special thing to the game. Playing Wisconsin here would be special. Playing them there makes it even more so,” he said. “I can’t wait to get on the field. That’s the best way to get over something like that, is to get back out with those guys and start working again.”

His Huskies will not “get uptight about this game. We’ve got a great opportunity to play a great opponent. We’ll go down there and play to win. We’re going to do everything we can to play our best football. I know how close we are to being 2-0. That is something our guys thrive on, knowing that they can’t let that happen again.”

Quarterback Chandler Harnish knows his team is the underdog but believes that David-and-Goliath scenario can give the Huskies a good edge.

“The pressure is on them. It’s not us, it’s all on them. They can’t lose to a mid-major school being a top-10 team – that’s what people are saying,” Harnish said. “We just have to come out and play loose, play fast and try to do something special for this university.”

For more information on buying tickets, call (815) 752-6800.


Location: Meet in lot C3 at 10:30 a.m. (north of the Convocation Center)

Time: Buses will leave at 11 a.m. SHARP! Buses will return immediately following the game.

Contact: [email protected] to confirm your seat

Space is limited to the first 700 student confirmations.

  • MUST show your One Card and sign a waiver to get on the bus.
  • MUST have a confirmation e-mail to ensure your spot.