New Nelson Club at NIU to Debut at February Basketball Games



Feb. 3, 2014

DeKALB, Ill. - NIU Athletics will debut a new way for fans to enjoy their experience at Huskie men's and women's basketball games by opening "The Nelson Club at NIU," featuring enhanced food and beverage options throughout the game, different menus for each game and the opportunity to interact with athletic department, university and community special guests.

Located in the Nelson Suites at the top of the seating areas and featuring a great view of the court below as well as television monitors, the Nelson Club at NIU will have its grand opening on Sunday, Feb. 9 during the Huskie basketball doubleheader. The NIU women's team will take on Ball State at 1 p.m., followed by NIU vs. Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference men's basketball action with tip-off at approximately 3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Nelson Club will open at Noon and food will be served throughout both games. The menu will feature pizza, wings, pasta salad, mostaccioli and snacks including popcorn, a cheese tray and dessert. A cash bar will be available as well as assorted non-alcoholic beverages.

Seats in the Nelson Club at NIU will be sold in advance only for $26 (men's games) and $24 (women's games). Deadlines to RSVP/purchase tickets are listed next to each game date below. The ticket includes full access to the buffet and the cash bar throughout the game, as well as a seat in the Nelson Club area. In addition, courtside ticket holders and donors to the Huskie Athletics Scholarship Fund (HASF) at the $1,000 level and above who are also basketball season ticket holders can purchase tickets to the buffet only for $16 per person.

Deadlines to purchase seats in the Nelson Club or access to the buffet (for groups listed above only) must be made in advance by calling 815-753-1923 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). The deadline to RSVP for your seats in the Nelson Club for the grand opening this Sunday is Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Future games will feature enhanced menu options among the buffet offerings in the Nelson Club. Click here to see a detailed list. During each Nelson Club game, a cash bar will be available and a line-up of special guests will join fans in the suite prior to and during the game. Some of the guests currently being scheduled are NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier and his family, NIU men's and women's sport head coaches (separate nights), the NIU football coaching staff and more.



The Nelson Club at NIU will be open for the following games (doors open one hour prior to tip-off). For more information on the Nelson Club, the menu for each night and special guests in attendance click here (attach PDF).

Sun., Feb. 9 Doubleheader - Women vs. Ball State, 1 p.m.; Men vs. Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Reserve By: Feb. 5
Thurs., Feb. 20 - Men vs. Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m. Reserve By: Feb. 14
Sat., Feb. 22 - Women vs. Central Michigan, 7 p.m. Reserve By: Feb. 17
Weds., Feb. 26 - Men vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. Reserve By: Feb. 21
Sat., March 8 - Men vs. Ball State, 3:30 p.m. Reserve By: March 5

In addition to the Nelson Club area, private suites are available for individual purchase for many remaining home games. Suites include 20 tickets plus access to the Nelson Club buffet (a separate menu may also be ordered). Contact NIU Athletics at 815-753-1923 for information on reserving one of the Nelson Suites during an NIU home game this year.

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