NIU, DeKalb partner to display Huskie history

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Legendary NIU quarterbacks Bob Heimerdinger and George Bork.

For the second consecutive fall, NIU and the City of DeKalb have partnered to display window clings at DeKalb businesses featuring the NIU football program. NIU President Dr. Douglas Baker, NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier and DeKalb Mayor John Rey, along with Huskie football legends Bob Heimerdinger and George Bork, unveiled the first of the new clings on Tuesday afternoon at the Lincoln Inn in downtown DeKalb.

“The window clings are just one example of the collaboration between NIU and the City of DeKalb,” Mayor Rey said. “We are so pleased to have that presence throughout the downtown area, the window clings are definitely an attraction and I think people are looking forward to an increased presence this year.”

The window initiative began in 2013 with clings in 10 different locations. This year, that number has increased to 22 images at 18 different locations.

“I think these clings show that we have that spirit in the community, to build the support and get the fans in the stadium to root the teams on and have that home field advantage in Huskie Stadium,” President Baker said. “My thanks go out to the mayor, the city and all of the business merchants who have helped us with this.”

“When I look at the environment around DeKalb and the passion for NIU and NIU Athletics it is very infectious and this is a good testament to that,” Frazier said. “On behalf of the athletic department, I would like to thank the community for its continued support and we are going to have a great fall season.”

The theme of this year’s display is the History and Tradition of NIU Football and the clings will feature Huskie football players, coaches, band member, cheerleaders and fans. The first image, unveiled at the Lincoln Inn, celebrates NIU’s three First Team All-American quarterbacks, 1951 All-America Bob Heimerdinger, 1963 All-America, and College Football Hall of Famer, George Bork, and 2013 All-America Jordan Lynch.

Pulled“This is absolutely fantastic,” Bork said. “To think that so many stores are going to have similar pictures, it is a great way to advertise the program, advertise NIU and get total involvement from the community because the football team deserves all the recognition they can get. (Former NIU head coach) Joe Novak once said, “Don’t forget about the old-timers,” and NIU has been very generous to us and we are certainly proud to be a part of NIU and its history.”

Season tickets and all home single game tickets are on sale now for the 2014 season of Huskie football. 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 are still available and continue to rank among the best entertainment value in Chicagoland at a cost of just $110 for all five home games. Members of the NIU Alumni Association, senior citizens and NIU faculty and staff receive a $15 discount on every season ticket.

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