Dec. 12, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Just 10 days after earning the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl bid in Mid-American Conference history, Northern Illinois fans have claimed approximately 5,500 tickets to the Discover Orange Bowl through the NIU Athletic Ticket Office, Director of Ticket Operations Eric Schultz said Wednesday. Schultz said Northern Illinois has exhausted its supply of tickets at the $225 level, although plenty of tickets priced between $75 and $165 remain in the Huskie sections of the stadium.
The priority deadline for Northern Illinois Discover Orange Bowl tickets is Friday, Dec. 14 at Noon (CT). Northern Illinois Athletics will use the Huskie Athletic Support Fund Point System to allocate tickets and all paid ticket orders received by Friday at Noon will be mailed on Monday, Dec. 17 (except for Will Call requests). All orders received after Friday must be picked up either at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center (through Dec. 23) or in Miami (Dec. 27-Jan. 1). NIU will continue to accept ticket orders through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in person AND on the phone at 815-752-6800 until December 23 (for ticket office hours, click here). From Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 30, Discover Orange Bowl tickets can be ordered by phone only through Northern Illinois by calling 815-753-1923 with pick-up in Miami only. Information on how and where to pick up tickets in Miami will be posted at a later date.
Northern Illinois is urging fans to purchase tickets through the school, not only to help NIU fill its sections of Sun Life Stadium totaling 17,500 seats, but also so that they can celebrate the Huskies' success and first appearance in a BCS game among fellow Northern Illinois fans, said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher.
"This is our first BCS bowl experience, it's a historic event in our program's history, and one that should be celebrated by every Northern Illinois fan, every Mid-American Conference fan and everyone who has ever pulled for the underdog," Compher said. "Obviously the game is in Florida and our opponent is from Florida. We firmly believe the best way for our fans to get the true NIU experience at this game is by purchasing tickets through our ticket office. This helps us financially to offset the costs of the bowl game, and it also shows future bowls how well-supported this team is. If you buy a ticket through another agency, NIU does not reap those benefits."
In addition, Northern Illinois fans unable to travel to Miami can now support the Huskies' Orange Bowl trip by purchasing ticket(s) that will be donated to either the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami or to The Veteran Tickets Foundation. The donated tickets not only show support for NIU's 12-1 Mid-American Conference Champion football team, they also fill a seat in the NIU ticket section for the game between NIU and ACC Champion Florida State at Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013. The donated tickets are priced at $99 each and can be ordered by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-752-6800.
The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who served and their families. The national organization partners with major sports teams, leagues, organizations and venues to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million military and veterans across the United States. For more information, see the website at www.vettix.org.
NIU will work through the Orange Bowl to distribute donated ticket to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami, one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the country, which serves over 5,000 clients each year. The organization works to foster successful mentoring relationships for children ages 6-18 and is the lead agency for America's Promise and the Governor's Mentioning Initiative in the Greater Miami area.
Northern Illinois (12-1) has won a school-record 12 straight games in 2012 to achieve its highest national ranking since 2003. Led by All-America quarterback Jordan Lynch, who has more rushing and more total offense yards than any player in the country, the Huskies won the Mid-American Conference title for the second consecutive season. NIU's senior class has 41 wins over the last four seasons to rank as the winningest class in school history.
For complete coverage and information on Northern Illinois' trip to the Discover Orange Bowl, go to Discover Orange Bowl Central on www.NIUHuskies.com.
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