The Northern Illinois University football team will close out its 2017 spring football workouts on Saturday, April 22, with its final practice at Huskie Stadium at 2 p.m. as the team plays in the Huskie Bowl.
The action gets started with the Communiversity Block Party at noon and continues following the practice when all donors and season ticket members who have renewed for 2017 are invited to an appreciation reception.
The Communiversity Block Party and practice are both free to attend and open to the public. Parking is available in all paved areas around Huskie Stadium. At this time, grass lots are not scheduled to be open. The Communiversity Block Party will be held in the area between Ralph McKinzie Baseball Field and the Chessick Practice Center and will feature food, music, the NIU spirit groups, kid-friendly activities and more.
At the block party, kids will enjoy the Huskie bounce house, get to try their hand at the bubble ball and quarterback toss, and can take on a Huskie student-athlete in one of the interactive games and activity stations. D.J. Toxic will provide the music and NIU concessionaire Sodexo will have food and drinks available for sale (including beer). There will be a table with information and tickets for the Victor E. Ball, NIU’s premier fundraising event, which will be held April 29 at the Chessick Practice Center. Get involved with the Victor E. Ball now as the online silent auction is under way with hundreds of items and experiences up for bid.
Meet Victor E. Huskie, Mission, the NIU cheerleaders and Silverettes and hear the NIU Pep Band. Pick up a free 2017 limited edition football schedule poster and get autographs of your favorite players after the Huskie Bowl.
Inside Huskie Stadium, the football team will take the field at 2 p.m. for a short and final spring practice involving special teams work, seven-on-seven drills, offensive line versus defensive line drills and 11-on-11 “thud” scrimmaging (no tackling). This year’s final practice has been modified and shortened. Seating will be on the west side of Huskie Stadium only. Following the Huskie Bowl, fans are invited to come to the north end zone to get autographs from the football players.
With the football season ticket renewal deadline on that day, the final day of spring practice provides a great opportunity to talk to an NIU Athletics representative about any football season ticket questions or to become a season ticket member for the first time.
Several new family-friendly pricing options have been added for 2017. Tickets for all six home games are available for less than $50 with the new $199 Family Pack or the $60 general admission ticket for the east side. NIU will have a football ticket sales table at the Block Party. Renew or purchase on the spot or anytime at NIUHuskies.com.
All season ticket members and Huskie Athletic Fund donors who have renewed their tickets or donations for the 2017 season are invited to the reception after the Huskie Bowl in the Barsema Hall of Champions (between the Yordon Center and the Chessick Practice Center) to meet with the coaching staff and NIU administrators and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar.
The Huskie Stadium premium areas will be open during the Block Party and Huskie Bowl, and fans are invited to check out the Sky Box and Sky Club seats, walk through the Coaches Club and head down to the End Zone Club, located in the south end zone, to see just how close you could be to the action this year. More fans can enjoy the End Zone Club in 2017 since a limited number of bleacher seats have been added to the area and pricing has been lowered to $115, which includes a general admission ticket for the east side. In addition, every Coaches Club pass provides access to the End Zone Club in 2017.
Registration for the 2017-2018 Kish Kids Pup Club is now available for children age 13 and younger. Membership is just $10 and includes free admission to all NIU non-football home athletic events, a membership credential and an opportunity to form the tunnel at football and basketball games. Register today or visit the table during the Communiversity Block Party.