October 11, 2004
Time Kicks Off 2004-05 NIU Men's Basketball Season On Oct. 15
DEKALB, IL -
Games, prizes, free admission and a sneak preview of your 2004-05
Northern Illinois University men's basketball team and its five
newcomers highlight the first annual Huskie Hoop Time, which is
scheduled for Oct. 15 at 11:45 p.m. inside the Convocation Center's
Victor E. Court.
The first annual
"Midnight Madness" event for Northern Illinois, fans can
enter the arena through Gate 5 of the Convocation Center and follow
the stairs into Victor E. Court.
Ran in conjunction
with the National Panhellenic Dance Party (inside the main arena
of the Convo) fans will have a chance to meet their favorite Huskies
and win great door prizes from Northern Illinois athletics and a
number of the event's sponsors.
are slated to begin just prior to midnight (11:45 p.m.) with the
introduction of the 2004-05 Huskies. The team will then go through
warm-ups (which will include a dunking exhibition) prior to a team
Hoop Time is a free event, the National Panhellenic Dance Party,
is not. In order to enter the arena free of charge, fans will need
to enter through Gate 5 located on the north end of the Convocation
Center. Parking is also free and conveniently located in lot C-3
(northwest corner) of the arena. The National Panhellenic Dance
Party is anticipating a crowd of 2,000 students, many of which are
expected to attend Huskie Hoop Time. In order to ensure good seating
at the event, fans are encouraged to enter Victor E. Court at the
scheduled opening time of 11:30 p.m.
fired up for the start of the 2004-05 season and we can't think
of a better way to kick off the campaign," head coach Rob Judson
said. "We have five new players and a great group of returners
so we are excited to start the season in conjunction with homecoming
and all its encompassing festivities."
The first full
practice for the Northern Illinois men's basketball team is scheduled
for Saturday Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. The first exhibition game for NIU
is on Monday, Nov. 8, against former Huskie Kenny Battle and his
Illinois Institute of Technology squad at 7:05 p.m.
For more information on Huskie Hoop Time or to get involved with
the event, please contact Todd Garzarelli in the NIU Marketing Department
at (815) 753-8042.