Music, Food, Football & Fun!
Everyone's Invited Out to The Yard.

THE YARD at Huskie Stadium is THE place to be for all 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 official pregame tailgate for ALL FANS.

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 the giant video screen while your kids check out the bounce house, play on the inflatable games, interact with Huskie student-athletes or have their faces painted in the Kids' Zone.

Meet both current and former NIU student-athletes - from the Team of the Week to the Huskie Legends - and learn what's new at NIU and in the community. Get fired up for the game when the NIU cheerleaders, Mission, Victor E. Huskie and the Huskie Marching Band stop by and check out the latest in Huskie gear from the Village Commons Bookstore.

NIU students are welcome in The Yard, get a group of friends and stop by for a game of corn hole, and meet the NIU Orientation leaders.

For the September 12th game versus Murray State, The Yard will open at Noon and will close approximately 15 minutes before kickoff, in plenty of time for fans to get in to the stadium and to their seats. The beer garden will re-open during halftime.

Donors to the Huskie Athletic Fund at the "Coaches" Level and above ($1,000) also are invited to the Huskie Athletic Fund Hospitality Tent, located in The Yard, to enjoy pregame appetizers, the cash bar, a visit with NIU Athletics administrators and coaches and other special guests.


October 10 vs. Ball State
Band: Ear Candy
Team of the Week: Men's and Women's Basketball
Huskie Legends: Dave Petzke, Justin McCareins, Randy Clark (more to be added)
Vendors: Lukulos, Fanatico
Campus Spotlight: Colleges Against Cancer
In the Kids Zone: The Huskie Bounce House, Football Toss, *NEW! Obstacle Course, Bubble Balls
Special: Illinois State Lottery Interactive Booth, AM 560 The Answer Display
Don't Miss: Football on the big screen TV, corn hole, a pregame Pep Rally with the NIU
Marching Band, Silverettes and Cheerleaders, Mission and Victor E. Huskie

Schedule of Events

11:30 a.m. The Yard Opens
12:30 p.m. Music from "Ear Candy"
1 p.m. Pregame Pep Rally
1:15 p.m. Meet Special Guests
1:30 p.m. More Music from "Ear Candy"
2:15 p.m. The Yard Closes - Head into the Stadium!
2:30 p.m. KICKOFF


9/5 The Student Body
9/12 Cal Stage Band
10/10 Ear Candy
10/24 Red Woody
11/18 Back Country Roads
11/24 Linzy & Coax

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