By Doug Halberstadt
You’d have to go all the way back to Sept. 26, 2009, to have seen the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Huskies lose a football game at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois. They currently hold the longest home winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) at 26 games.
They are practicing and getting ready to put that winning streak on the line when they host Presbyterian College at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28. It is the first of five home games for NIU during the upcoming 2014 season.
The Huskies go on the road for three games during the month of September and won’t return home until Saturday, Oct. 4, for the first of three straight games in DeKalb. The first game is against Kent State. The following Saturday (Oct. 11), Central Michigan comes to town for the 107th NIU Homecoming Game. The Huskies close out their October home stand against Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Oct. 18.
NIU’s final home game of the 2014 season is against conference rival Toledo. It’s a Tuesday night game Nov. 11.
Tickets for any of the Huskies’ 2014 home games can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at NIUHuskies.com/tickets or by calling (815) 753-PACK (7225) during regular business hours or in person at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the NIU Convocation Center. The Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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 older) 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.
2014 should be another great year for your NIU Huskies. I think it’s a pretty safe bet to expect the red-and-black dogs from DeKalb to run their FBS home winning streak to 31 games. Start making plans now to get your single game or season tickets and cheer on the Huskies during this season as they strive for a MAC championship. Last season, they were a perfect 8-0 in the MAC before falling to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game 47-27 on Dec. 6, 2013, in Detroit.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the July 30-Aug. 5, 2014, issue