Today, many Huskie fans, alumni, season ticket holders and donors will be receiving an e-mail from NIU Athletics containing a link to a survey about future seating areas at Huskie Stadium. This survey was put together by our staff, along with AECOM Sport + Venue, the architectural firm we are working with on our new facilities master plan.
I’ve mentioned our master plan in previous editions of this column and am happy to report that work on the plan is under way. There have been meetings, tours of current facilities and more meetings, and now we’ve reached the point in the process where it’s time to hear from you.
The survey specifically deals with new seating opportunities and other amenities (suites, club areas) at Huskie Stadium. As part of the master plan, it is imperative that we take a close look at the building that is the centerpiece of our athletics footprint on the west side of campus. Huskie Stadium turns 50 in 2015. While it has held up well over the years, our teams and our fans deserve a facility that will move this program forward. Premium seating areas and your interest in them are an important consideration as we look toward the future.
I encourage you to fill out the survey honestly and completely. Because of our accelerated timetable to complete the plan this summer, we would appreciate receiving all responses as soon as possible and no later than July 1. This is a chance for your voice to be heard. Please do not complete more than once. We WILL use the results of this survey as we continue to work on the facilities master plan throughout the summer.
If you did not receive the survey via e-mail but wish to participate, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HuskieStadiumSurvey. You can also view a copy of the letter online.
On another note, thanks to everyone who came out for the 2014 Huskie Summer Circuit. I enjoyed meeting many of our most dedicated Huskie fans in Chicago, Rockford and Aurora. I hope you left those events as energized by the coaches and excited about the future of NIU Athletics as I am! We are already reviewing those events and are determined to make them even better in 2015.
Our final stop on the Huskie Summer Circuit will take place right here in DeKalb on Friday, Aug. 1, as part of Movie Night at Huskie Stadium. Fans will have a chance to choose from three family-friendly movies by voting on Facebook (NIU Huskies) and on our website at www.NIUHuskies.com. Look for all the details in your e-mail inbox and online soon.
It is truly a great time to be a Huskie. We appreciate you, and we look forward to getting your input on this survey and to seeing you at Huskie Stadium in 2014!
Go Huskies! Forward!
Sean T. Frazier, Associate Vice-President/Director of Athletics