DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University Huskies open the 2022 football season Thursday night against Eastern Illinois. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (CT) and the match can be seen on ESPN+.
Again this year, NIU is committed to providing fans with the best possible experience before and during games at Huskie Stadium, from entering campus to park to listening to the post-game broadcast on the new flagship station 94-9 WDKB after the game.
Read below to find a quick guide to some of the changes for 2022, as well as a clear bag policy reminder and more. Find maps, a complete list of prohibited items and more online at the Huskie Stadium Fan Guide page on NIUHuskies.com.
NEW: Cashless concessions!
All Huskie Stadium concession stands, including The Yard and premium areas, are now cashless. Be prepared to pay by credit card, Apple Pay or Google Wallet. In order to serve fans who may not have access to these payment methods, concessionaire NIU Sodexo will have a location available on either side of the stadium where gift cards for the concession stands can be purchased for cash. .
NEW: Improved concession offers
Sodexo Live!, hotel partner to some of the world’s most iconic venues, has enhanced the game day menu at Huskie Stadium for 2022. Fans can expect their favorite classic dishes, plus some new offerings from specialties including BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ pulled pork nachos and cheese and pepperoni pizzas. Alcohol is available until the third quarter in stands located on both sides of the stadium. Proper ID is required.
REMINDER: Download mobile tickets to your wallet
Mobile tickets remain a simple and secure way to manage your Huskie ticket account and NIU’s new ticketing partner, Paciolan, makes the process even easier. Mobile tickets can’t be lost, allow fans to skip the Will Call lineup, and are easily transferable to friends or family. The fastest way to get your tickets scanned and into the game is to download your mobile tickets to your wallet BEFORE you come to Huskie Stadium. If you plan to transfer tickets to another person, transfer the tickets FIRST, then download them to your wallet. Detailed instructions on how to manage NIU tickets on your mobile device are available here.
REMINDER: Clear/Small Bag Policy
Again this year, a clear bag policy is in effect for all guests at Huskie Stadium and the NIU Convocation Center. No large bags or purses will be permitted for NIU football, volleyball or basketball games. Approved bags include one (1) 12″ x 12″ x 6″ clear plastic stadium bag OR one (1) gallon clear plastic storage bag OR one (1) 5.5 clutch purse ” x 8.5″ x 3″ or less. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
NEW: New flagship 94-9 WDKB live from The Yard
The Huskies have a new flagship radio station in 2022 as 94-9 WDKB is the Huskies’ new home in northern Illinois. The station is helping fans prepare for kickoff each game day this year by adding the “Toyota Huskie Nation Pre-Game Party Show” beginning 90 minutes before kickoff. For home games, the show will be broadcast LIVE from The Yard with special guests from the University, community and Huskie Athletics dropping by to keep everyone motivated for Huskie Football. This week, Toyota Huskie Nation’s tailgate party begins at 5:30 p.m. before handing over the mic to the Huskie Sports Network team of Bill Baker and Mark Lindo for the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
REVISED: Football Reinstatement Policy
This year, fans who leave Huskie Stadium will be allowed to return after halftime. Guests leaving Huskie Stadium and intending to return MUST have their ticket electronically scanned at the gate when departing. Then, on your return, bring your paper or electronic ticket to scan to return.
UPDATE: Mask Guidelines
Masks are no longer required at NIU athletics venues. Fans are certainly asked to wear masks or face coverings at their discretion and are encouraged to stay home if they feel sick.
REMINDER: Free Football Parking at the Convo
Once again in 2022, the cost of parking in the NIU Convocation Center lots is included in the cost of NIU football tickets or provided as a Membership Benefit. Therefore, there will be no charge for season, mini-plan, or single-game ticket holders to park in the Convocation Center parking lots. For premium parking in lots located closer to Huskie Stadium, contact the Huskie Athletic Fund at 815-753-1923.
REMEMBER: Get the NIU Huskies app
Download the free NIU Huskies app on your Android or iOS smartphone to access rosters, your ticket account, live stats and social media feeds for all sports, and football match days, links to live radio broadcast.
Purchase NIU Football tickets now online at NIUHuskies.com or by calling 815-753-PACK (7225) during regular business hours. Ticket options include season tickets to see all six Huskies home games, mini-plans that include the all-Saturday ($90) or all-week ($78) package, and single-game tickets, at price from $18 to $40 depending on the game. Season tickets offer the best value with prices as low as $14.67 per ticket with the Huskie Family 4 Pack (does not need to be bound), $97 for general admission seats East Side or $144 for West Side Reserved Seating. Premium zone tickets are also available both per season and per game. For more information and to see all the options and prices, click here
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