Students, alumni, fans and friends are invited to check out the 2014 Northern Illinois University football team AND get a glimpse of what's in store for fans prior to every game in "The Yard" this fall at the 2014 Huskie Bowl Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 19.
From 12:30-2:30 p.m., prior to the Huskie Bowl action, fans are invited to "The Yard" the new official pregame tailgate home of NIU Athletics, located on the West Lawn. Inside The Yard, kids will enjoy the inflatable games and other activities in the Kids Zone, adults can stop by the beer garden to enjoy a beverage, and fans of all ages can meet new Huskie mascot Mission and members of several NIU teams while listening to music from DJ Toxic. At approximately 2 p.m. in The Yard, hear from NIU Head Coach Rod Carey and Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier about the new initiatives planned for 2014-15 and beyond.
Also in The Yard, tables will be set up where fans can find out more information, or turn in their 2014 renewal forms for the Huskie Athletic Fund and 2014 NIU football season tickets, including the new premium seating areas available this year in Huskie Stadium. Parking spaces on the West Lawn - now designated as part of "Zone A" parking - will be lined out to show donors the new configuration for 2014. The day will provide a great opportunity to turn in your 2014 Huskie Athletic Fund renewal form, as all donors who renew or "Commit to NIU" by (or on) April 19 are invited to a special post-Huskie Bowl reception with the NIU football coaches and other Huskie head coaches and staff. The reception will be held in the Barsema Hall of Champions following the Huskie Bowl.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., enjoy a pregame meal, catered by Fatty's Pub & Grille, inside the large tent in "The Yard." Cost for the buffet, which will feature "tailgate fare," including Fatty's famous Cajun Fried Potato Salad, as well as water and soda, is $15 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under) for pre-registered guests. On the day of the event, the prices will be $20 for adults and $15 for children. Pre-registration runs through Wednesday, April 16. To pre-register, call the Huskie Athletic Fund at 815-753-PACK (7225) between 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday.
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