Music, Food, Football & Fun!
Everyone's Invited out to "The Yard," NIU's new official pregame tailgate area!
THE YARD at Huskie Stadium is THE place to be for Huskie fans prior to every NIU football home game this fall. Located on the West Lawn within, well, yards of the stadium entrances, The Yard is the new official pregame tailgate area for ALL FANS.
The Yard "party" will start two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff each week and will close approximately 30 minutes before kickoff, in plenty of time for fans to get in the stadium and to their seats.
Inside The Yard, enjoy free live music, purchase food from one of several popular local vendors, or stop by the beer garden. Catch football action from around the country on one of the several large flat screen televisions situated throughout the area, while your kids check out the bounce house, climb a rock wall or have their faces painted in the Kids' Zone.
Meet NIU student-athletes from the "team of the week," find old friends in the Varsity Club tent and learn what's new at NIU. Don't be surprised if the NIU cheerleaders, new mascot "Mission," Victor E. Huskie and the Huskie Marching Band come by.
Donors to the Huskie Athletic Fund at the "Pride" Level and above ($1,000) also are invited to the Champion's Club Tent, located in The Yard, to enjoy pregame appetizers, the cash bar or a visit with NIU Athletics administrators and coaches and other special guests.
As the 2014 football season gets closer, come back here for a schedule of events, specific highlights and appearances at The Yard for each game this year.