Oct. 9, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - Single game tickets for the Northern Illinois University Huskies' 2013 Homecoming football game versus Akron on Saturday, Oct. 12, are no longer available, NIU officials announced Wednesday. The only way to obtain a ticket to the game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. (CT) at Huskie Stadium, is by purchasing a season ticket. NIU (5-0, 1-0) is ranked No. 23 in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls.
NIU has exhausted all available single game tickets for the second consecutive game. Fans filled Huskie Stadium for the Huskies' home opener versus Eastern Illinois on Sept. 21 in the school's first sell-out since 2003.
"We're very excited to see this type of overwhelming fan support for this very deserving team," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier. "Our team has a 22-game winning streak at Huskie Stadium and an 18-game winning streak in the MAC, and now our fans are starting a streak of their own with back-to-back sell-outs. Now that the tickets are sold, we need all of our fans, including the students, in the stadium at kickoff. Be loud, especially when NIU is on defense, and be there for all four quarters. I'm looking forward to a great Homecoming atmosphere in the stadium on Saturday."
A limited number of season tickets, which provide a ticket to all four of the Huskies' remaining 2013 home games, are still on sale by calling 815-753-PACK (7225) and are the best way to guarantee seats, in the best locations, for the rest of the home schedule. Season tickets, available for $100 for the general public and $88 for senior citizens, NIU Alumni Association members, NIU faculty and staff and NIU varsity club members, still provide a price break from the $30 single game ticket price. To order season tickets for, call 815-753-PACK (7225).
NIU students are reminded to get into the East Side stands early on Saturday as seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Students are admitted on the East Side with a valid OneCard, which also admits students to park free on the East Side of the stadium as space allows.
Saturday's game is a "Red Out" with all fans encouraged to wear red, and red T-shirts distributed to the first 3,000 fans.
All fans, especially those who will be picking up tickets from the Will Call Windows on the West Side, are reminded to leave extra time to ensure you are in your seats prior to kickoff. Will Call Windows will open at Huskie Stadium at 12:30 p.m.
Huskie Stadium gates on both the East and West sides will open at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, while tailgating lots open at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., NIU will dedicate a plaque for the Huskies' 1963 College Division National Championship team at the flagpole outside the Southwest Corner of Huskie Stadium and all fans are invited to attend.
NIU is also offering fans a chance to enjoy pregame concerts and purchase food and drink in the tent located on the West Side of Huskie Stadium this year. Open to all Huskie fans, the tent opens four hours prior to kickoff with music from "Sunfallen" beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Entrance is free with your Huskie football game ticket (or valid OneCard) and $5 for others. In addition to the live bands, the Huskie Marching Band and Silverettes will parade past the tents to fire up the crowd with the Huskie Fight Song and NIU mascot Victor E. Huskie, as well as the ever-popular husky Diesel, will stop by.
Single game tickets for NIU's three remaining home games versus Eastern Michigan (Oct. 26), Ball State (Nov. 13) and Western Michigan (Nov. 26) are on sale now. For the best seat selection, order your tickets early at 815-753-PACK (7225), or 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.NIUHuskies.com. Single game and season tickets will be available for purchase Saturday at Huskie Stadium.
For the latest information on parking, Saturday's Homecoming activities, items permitted in Huskie Stadium and more, visit "GameDay Central" on NIUHuskies.com. For all the latest gameday updates, follow @NIUHuskies and @NIUscores on Twitter throughout the day.
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