Current and prospective Northern Illinois University students, alumni and fans converged on U.S. Cellular field Wednesday evening, June 17, for NIU Night with the White Sox, as the Sox played host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The first 1,500 fans who purchased their tickets through the NIU web link received a co-branded White Sox and NIU baseball cap, a favorite among fans. Fans were treated to the NIU Pep Band’s performance of the Star Spangled Banner just prior to the game, and Victor E. Huskie entertained the crowd, young and old alike.
The NIU Supermileage Team, fresh off a third place finish in the SAE Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Mich., showed off its Huskie Rocket vehicle and trophy, and Team President Lindsey Dodis threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The SAE Formula Team also displayed its car.
“The NIU Alumni Association and university have enjoyed a strong partnership in a variety of areas with the Chicago White Sox for several years,” said Joe Matty, associate vice president of university advancement and executive director of the NIU Alumni Association. “We thank the White Sox for their generous support of the university and its mission, and we are excited about NIU’s expanded presence at U.S. Cellular Field throughout the 2015 season.”