Northern Illinois University’s football game at Northwestern on Saturday, Sept. 6 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and be televised by the Big Ten Network, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday. The game will be played at Ryan Field in Evanston.
NIU will open the 2014 season on Thursday, August 28th at Huskie Stadium versus Presbyterian, before making the short trip to Evanston for the first of three consecutive non-conference road games in September.
The Huskies and Wildcats will meet for just the eighth time ever and for the first time since 2005, when Northwestern denied NIU its first win in the series by a 38-37 margin. After the Huskies scoring a touchdown with six seconds to play, the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete as legendary coach Joe Novak went for the win. Tailback Garrett Wolfe (225 yards on 34 carries, 3 TDs) and quarterback Phil Horvath (24-of-36 for 283 yards, 1 TD) led the Huskies to 534 yards of total offense that day but NIU could not overcome a 21-point second quarter by the Wildcats.
Overall, Northwestern owns a 6-0-1 lead in the series. In 1987, the game ended in a 16-16 tie.
Tickets for the Sept. 6 NIU game at Northwestern, and for every home and away game in 2014, can be purchased through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (815) 753-PACK (7225), in person at the NIU Convocation Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by completing the form online at www.NIUHuskies.com. Ensure that your seat will be in the Huskie sections of the stadium and help NIU fill Ryan Field with red.
Tickets to any of the Huskies’ five home games can now be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at NIUHuskies.com/tickets as well as through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center. Reserved single game tickets on the West Side of Huskie Stadium are priced at $40 (sections C, D, E), $36 (sections A, B, F, G) and $25 (upper rows of sections A, G) per game for the general public. Senior citizens (62 and over) pay $34 (sections C, D, E) and $30 (sections A, B, F, G) with the $25 tickets priced the same.
Season tickets offer the best value for the best seats at Huskie Stadium at a cost of just $110 for all five 2014 home games. Season ticket holders receive a gift and invitations to exclusive season ticket holder events in addition to the same seat for every game. Members of the NIU Alumni Association, senior citizens and NIU faculty and staff receive a $15 discount on every season ticket.
All fans attending games at Huskie Stadium in 2014 are invited to The Yard, the Official Pregame Tailgate of NIU Athletics. Located on the West Grass of Huskie Stadium, the Yard will open two-and-a-half hours before kickoff and will feature live music, a huge video screen, food and beverages from several local vendors available for purchase, a beer garden, a Kids Zone, the NIU Team of the Week and more. The Yard will be the pregame place to be in 2014.