Single game tickets for Northern Illinois’ five 2013 football home games go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, online via Ticketmaster and NIUHuskies.com and on the phone by calling 815-753-PACK (7225).
With the winningest team in the state of Illinois fresh off its second straight Mid-American Conference Championship and an appearance in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, upgrades to Huskie Stadium, a slate of exciting promotions and giveaways, family-friendly pricing AND a Heisman Trophy candidate in Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois fans are urged to purchase tickets now for one or all of the Huskies’ five home games.
Single game tickets are priced at just $15 for seating in the upper rows of sections A and G in Huskie Stadium, while seats in sections B, F and lower A and G are $24 for the general public and $18 for senior citizens (ages 62 and over) and youth (ages 3-13). Seats in section C, D and E, as well as seats on the East Side, are priced at $30 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth.
While NIU single game tickets remain one of the best deals in Chicagoland, Huskie season tickets are an even better value.
Huskie fans can see all five Northern Illinois home games, including Homecoming and key MAC West division battles versus Ball State and Western Michigan, beginning at just $50. In fact, Northern Illinois’ Huskieland Plan provides a ticket in the upper rows of sections A or G, and $50 in vouchers good for parking and concessions, for only $50.
Season tickets in other areas of the stadium are just $100 for the general public and $88 for NIU Alumni Association and Varsity Club members, NIU faculty and staff, senior citizens and youth. Season ticket holders receive additional considerations throughout the year, including two free tickets to a Mid-American Conference away game.
Northern Illinois has won 21 consecutive games at Huskie Stadium to claim the longest on-campus home winning streak in the nation. NIU has not lost a home game in DeKalb since Sept. 26, 2009, and the streak is particularly significant to the Huskie seniors, many of whom have never lost a home game at Huskie Stadium during their Northern Illinois careers.
The home opener versus Eastern Illinois, scheduled Saturday, Sept. 21, has been designated as the “White Out” game with the first 3,000 fans receiving white “Be Proud. Be NIU.” T-shirts.
Northern Illinois will raise its 2012 MAC Championship flag and, after the game, the HASF tent will be the venue for the post-game “Oktoberfest,” featuring a live band, food and more. The Sept. 21 game is also Band Day, Youth Football Day, Boy Scout Night and NIU Family Weekend with special ticket discounts for the latter three groups.
After playing four of its first five games on the road in 2013, Northern Illinois returns Saturday, Oct. 12, to Huskie Stadium to play host to Akron for the 107th Homecoming game in NIU history. Kickoff for the game is slated for 4 p.m. Fans are invited to wear Red for Homecoming and the first 3,000 fans will receive red “Be Proud. Be NIU.” T-shirts. Northern Illinois will introduce the newest members of its Athletics Hall of Fame, and welcome back three of the most significant teams in NIU history – the 1963 National Championship team, the 1983 MAC Championship team and the 2003 squad.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, NIU will “Pink Out” Huskie Stadium in honor of cancer awareness and celebrate the opening of the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center. The Chessick Center – the newest addition to the Huskies’ athletic footprint – will be open for tours prior to the 2:30 p.m. game versus the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
Northern Illinois welcomes Ball State and the cameras of ESPN2/ESPNU to Huskie Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, versus the Cardinals. The Huskies will hold Military Appreciation Night with discounted tickets to veterans and members of the military and a variety of in-game recognitions. At halftime, the Northern Illinois ROTC will hold its contracting ceremony.
The Huskies’ will play their final home game of 2013 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in front of a national audience on ESPN2. Fans will be encouraged to wear black to the annual “Black Out” game and NIU will honor 18 seniors, including quarterback Jordan Lynch and safety Jimmie Ward, prior to the contest versus the Western Michigan Broncos. The Huskies will also honor senior students during the game with a special gift provided to seniors, a pre-game tailgate and a chance to come on the field to form the halftime tunnel.
Throughout every game this season, fans will enjoy the brand new, HD-quality videoboard with enhanced statistical capabilities, ribbon boards on both sides of the stadium helping to urge on the crowd, and a new sound system. Improvements outside of the stadium include new sidewalks and re-paved parking lots.
Additional promotions and giveaway opportunities will be added throughout the fall and fans are urged to check the promotions area of NIUHuskies.com, to “like” NIU Huskies on Facebook and follow @NIUAthletics on Twitter to keep up with the latest on all Northern Illinois sports.
Northern Illinois opens the 2013 season Saturday, Aug. 31, at Iowa. Huskie players report for preseason camp Sunday, Aug. 4. The first practice will be Monday, Aug. 5.