2013 Discover Orange Bowl FAQ



Dec. 3, 2012

2013 Discover Orange Bowl
Fan Guide

Orange Bowl Logo

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 / 8:00 p.m. (EST)
Sun Life Stadium ~ Miami, Florida


How Do I Get There?

By Air

The two major airports into Miami are Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

  1. Miami International Airport
    2100 NW 42nd Avenue FL 33142
    (305) 876-7000

  2. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
    320 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
    1-866-I-FLY-FLL (1-866-435-9355)


By Car
From DeKalb to Miami it is 1,434 miles and is an estimated 21 ½ hours by car. 

Is there a fan package?

Fan packages are ALL SOLD OUT.


Student Involvement and Leadership Development travel packages are ALL SOLD OUT.

Tickets are free for current NIU students.  Students WILL NOT be able to pick up tickets.  Students can reserve their tickets at the NIU Convocation Center.  Tickets will be picked up using a valid NIU One Card the day of the game at Sun Life stadium via the Visiting team will call at Gate B.

Where should I stay?
The official team hotel is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.  There are a multitude of hotels to stay at in Miami; however, these are the three hotels affiliated with NIU and the Orange Bowl.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Official Team Hotel)
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach (Official Band Hotel)
4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Harbor Beach Marriot Resort & Spa (Official Media Hotel)
3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

How much are tickets and where can I purchase them?
Tickets range in price from $75 all the way up to $225 per person and will go on sale Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9 am.  Tickets are available through the NIU ticket office at (815) 752-6800 or HERE.

Where is the NIU section?
Fans who purchase tickets through the NIU Ticket Office will be located in the NIU Sections which are Sections 101-114 / 155-156 / 401-414/ 452-456.  All seats are RESERVED.  Click HERE for a diagram of Sun Life Stadium.

How will actual ticket locations for NIU fans be determined/allocated?
Of the tickets given to NIU, the HASF loyalty point system will be used to determine how the tickets are allocated to Huskie fans. For more information about the loyalty point system, please visit http://niuhuskies.cstv.com/support-groups/hasf-loyalty-points.html .  All seat locations will be allocated by the Huskie Loyalty Point system on Dec 14th at Noon.  Orders taken after that will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How may I pick-up tickets I purchase?
The ticket office will be open Monday, December 17th - Friday, December 21st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;  Saturday, December 22nd and Sunday, December 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The ticket office will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th. STARTING Wednesday, December 26th, you will be only able to order tickets over the phone at 815-753-1923; tickets would then only be available for pickup at Will Call in Miami, FL.  Hours will be listed at the team hotel.  Will Call on game day, January 1st will be at Gate B at Sun Life Stadium.  All NIU Student tickets will be at Will Call. NIU Students will need to have their NIU ONE Card to pick up tickets.

What is the Student Guest Ticket Policy?
Not only can students pick up their free bowl ticket but they can also purchase a ticket(s)  next to theirs at full price.  Full price tickets range from $75-$225. Students who take advantage of this option will NOT be seated in the student section. For complete information or to reserve your student ticket, go to the Convocation Center Ticket Office Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm.

What time do gates open to Sun Life Stadium?
6 p.m.

Where can I park for the game?
Click HERE for a link to the Orange Bowl parking map. Through NIU, all pre-paid parking passes ARE SOLD OUT. However, pre-paid parking passes CAN STILL BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE ORANGE BOWL. Pre-paid parking passes are $20, while day of game parking increases to $30. For all your parking pass needs, please call 305-341-4701.

For general Sun Life Stadium information click

Will the game be televised?

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

What events are going on surrounding the bowl game?

Please click HERE for a list and description of Orange Bowl sponsored events.

Pre-game Tailgate - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The NIU Alumni Association will be sponsoring a pre-game tailgate.  Click HERE to register online and for more details. Travel packages purchased through NIUsportstravel.com INCLUDE passes and do not need to register online.

The NIU Alumni Association will also be hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration at Jungle Island. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and run to 1 a.m. and admission will cost $50. To register for the event, click HERE.

Where do I purchase official Orange Bowl gear?
Official merchandise can be purchased through the Orange Bowl website.  Click HERE for a direct link to the official Orange Bowl online store.

What is there to do in Miami, FL?
To find out more about Miami, go to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau website.  Click HERE for the website.

I cannot make the game, but want to watch with other Huskie fans.  Are there watch parties?
The NIU Alumni Association will host watch parties around the country to give our alumni a chance to gather and root on their alma mater. All watch parties begin one hour prior to kick off.   For complete information on all watch parties, click HERE.


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