Pigskin party! NIU football season tickets go on sale

Rod Carey and Drew Hare
Rod Carey and Drew Hare

Tickets for the 2015 Northern Illinois University football home campaign are now on sale.

Renewal packets are on their way to 2014 season ticket holders and Huskie Athletic Fund donors as NIU looks to build on the momentum created by its 2014 Mid-American Conference Championship, the team’s third league title in the last four seasons.

Football season ticket sales and Huskie Athletic Fund annual donations are essential to support NIU Athletics’ 17 sport programs and more than 400 student-athletes.

While watching the best Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in the state, Huskie season ticket holders will enjoy even greater value in 2015 as per-game prices remain at 2014 levels or below. This year, season tickets are discounted up to 61 percent off of single-game pricing, depending on seat location.

In addition, new options, including a season ticket Family Pack, a variety of pricing levels and the return of three-game Mini-Plans, provide more incentive to renew or purchase new season tickets now.

After surpassing the $1 million mark in cash donations for the first time in 2014, the Huskie Athletic Fund, the primary fundraising unit of NIU Athletics, has raised the bar in 2015 with its “Forward, OneXOne” campaign.

Through this campaign and using the theme “NIU Pride Begins with You,” the Huskie Athletic Fund staff is reaching out to as many alumni, fans and friends of NIU as possible, especially those in the Chicagoland region and asks current donors and fans to do the same in order to grow the fan base.

In 2015, NIU will play six home games at Huskie Stadium for the first time since 2012, beginning Sept. 5 versus UNLV. Pricing for the entire six-game home season ticket package is set at $132 for West Side seating in the premium sections (chairbacks and benchbacks, not including per-seat donation) as well as sections C, D and E. Pay just $122 for seats in sections B and F on the West Side and for East Side (general admission) season tickets. For just $99, see all six games from seats in sections A or G on the West Side. The season ticket price for NIU Faculty & Staff, Alumni Association members and Senior Citizens is $115 for seats in all sections except A and G.

This year, NIU is introducing the Huskie Family Pack, which provides four season tickets in sections A and G for $299. For larger families, additional season tickets can be added to the Family Pack for $74.75 each.

Joel Bouganon
Joel Bouganon

Mini-plans make their return to the NIU season ticket menu in 2015 as fans can choose between the 50th Anniversary Black Plan (Homecoming plus two games, excluding UNLV) or the 50th Anniversary Red Plan (UNLV plus two games, excluding Homecoming) for just $75.

In addition to UNLV, NIU’s 2015 home schedule will feature Murray State (Sept. 12) and MAC foes Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio and Ball State. During the 2015 season, NIU will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Huskie Stadium, where the Huskies have won 30 of their last 31 games.

Single game tickets, priced this season at $42 for all West Side seats, will go on sale in June. Special group ticket pricing is available for as few as 15 people. Due to the tremendous savings, as well as additional benefits, that come as a season ticket holder – including priority access to away game tickets, e-mail updates and a unique season ticket holder gift – fans are urged to purchase or renew their 2015 season tickets today.

Fans can renew or purchase NIU Football 2015 season tickets online. NIU Ticket Office and Huskie Athletic Fund personnel are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer ticket and donation questions. Call 815-753-PACK (7225).

A year ago, the Huskie Athletic Fund successfully introduced several new Premium Experience options for NIU Football games, including the Coaches Club, the Sky Club and the Terrace Club, and the success of those areas has prompted a new premium option that brings fans even closer to the action in 2015. The End Zone Club will be located just off the South Endzone of Brigham Field where fans can enjoy a food buffet and cash bar while watching the game live from field level. The hospitality area with heated tents and high top tables does not include seating or a game ticket, but does provide never-before allowed access to Huskie Football action for just $600 for the season.

For 2015, the Huskie Athletic Fund is introducing three-year agreements for all premium seating areas, including all Skybox, Sky Club, Benchback and Chairback seats. Through the three-year commitment form, donors are able to “lock in” their seat locations at this year’s per-seat donation level. With upgrades to the non-conference schedule that will see opponents like Boston College, San Diego State and Utah play in Huskie Stadium over the next four seasons, the time to join the Huskie Athletic Fund and become a season ticket holder is now!

Aregeros Turner
Aregeros Turner

Complete details on the pricing and per-seat donation requirements, as well as the three-year agreements, parking levels, new benefits chart and more is now available in the 2015 Huskie Athletic Fund Donor Guide. Each donor will receive a hard copy in the mail along with a personalized 2015 renewal form.

The deadline to renew your 2015 Huskie Athletic Fund annual donation in order to secure all the benefits available at your giving level, including football parking preferences and the special Donor Appreciation Event following the 2015 Huskie Bowl (spring football game) is the same day as the Huskie Bowl: Saturday, April 11. Payment plans are available. Separate checks (or other payment forms) are required, one which will accompany your season ticket order form and another for your Huskie Athletic Fund donation.

NIU, the premiere FBS team in Illinois and in the Mid-American Conference, is one of only two programs in the country to win 11 or more games in each of the last five seasons.

In 2014, the Huskies won their third Mid-American Conference title in the last four years with a 51-17 victory over Bowling Green in the Marathon MAC Championship game. NIU returns 13 starters in 2015, including eight on defense. The Huskies open 2015 spring practices Tuesday, March 3.

For more information on NIU football and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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