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OneCard upgrade will make it easier than ever for students to get into Huskie football games

August 22, 2012

NIU OneCardGetting into a home football game at Huskie Stadium will be easier than ever for NIU students this fall.

Students will no longer have to visit the Convocation Center, the Holmes Student Center or the Huskie Stadium Ticket Booth to get their free tickets. Instead they can gain admission at the Huskie Stadium gate by swiping their OneCards through new high-tech wireless readers on game days.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our students,” said Eric Schultz, associate director of the Convocation Center. Schultz is in charge of ticketing there and at all Huskie athletic events.

“Instead of two steps, now it’s just one,” he added. “We think our students will appreciate the convenience, and hopefully it will even help increase football game attendance.”

The OneCard will continue to provide access to all other athletic events, although students will need to make sure they have up-to-date cards.

The new easy access to football games comes courtesy of significant upgrades to the Blackboard Transact System. The system runs operations for the OneCard and Huskie Bucks, which is NIU’s designated debit card system.

“The improvements are designed to be seamless, so students will probably not notice other OneCard changes, but the upgrades have made the system more efficient and secure,” said NIU Bursar Kinga Mauger, whose office oversees the OneCard Office.

The OneCard Office provides identification card service for the NIU community and issues the official IDs for students and NIU personnel. The office also manages the Huskie Bucks program. Only students, faculty, staff and retirees are eligible to obtain a OneCard ID.

The OneCard Office is located on the lower level of the Holmes Student Center on the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Normal Road. It is across the hall from the University Bookstore and next to TCF Bank.

For questions about OneCard services, email [email protected] or call (815) 753-9569.