NIU Football Game Day Guide! Bronze Stalk Game Kicks Off at 6 pm … – Northern Illinois University Athletics

Football | November 6

DeKALB, Ill.  –The Northern Illinois University Huskies return to Huskie Stadium Tuesday night, November 7 for the first of back-to-back Tuesday night #MACtion games with a trophy on the line.
Kickoff of the “Battle for the Bronze Stalk” between NIU and Ball State is at 6 p.m. Tickets for NIU’s #MACtion games are available at with the special pricing of $23 for West Side reserved seats and $18 for East Side general admission seating (for online/advance ticket sales). That pricing is good for both Tuesday’s game versus Ball State and for next week’s home finale and Senior Night game versus Western Michigan on November 14.   
This week, the Huskie football team helmets will honor those who have served and are serving in the military with special red, white and blue decals on the front and back bumpers of the helmets. In addition, the “dog bone” stickers indicating top plays will be camouflage.   
The Yard Moves Inside
            For November #MACtion games, The Yard moves inside, to the West End of the Chessick Practice Center and everyone is invited to this pregame area to gather with fellow Huskie fans, check out the sponsor giveaway tables, grab a pregame snack and let the kids run around, play on the inflatables and more in the Pup Club Kids’ Zone. There will be music, provided by a DJ, and the Huskie Marching Band, Silverettes and NIU Cheerleaders will come through at 5 p.m. to fire up the crowd prior to the game.
            The Indoor Yard opens at 4 p.m. and ALL ARE WELCOME in this free area.  Enter through the grey double doors across from Ralph McKinzie Field at Walt and Janice Owens Park.  
Huskie Athletic Fund members will hear from NIU head coaches Sam Morreale (gymnastics) and Christina Sutcliffe (softball) in the HAF area of The Yard beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Tailgate Time
            All donor and Convocation Center lots open three hours prior to kickoff, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.  Remember to head to the stadium in time to get in your seats. The Huskie Marching Band takes the field approximately 15 minutes before kickoff!
Remember, Clear Bags Only
            NIU’s clear bag policy allows fans to carry in a Clear Tote Bag, no larger than 12″x12″x6″ or a clear one-gallon plastic bag. Clutch purses are permitted but cannot be larger than 5.5″x 8.5″x3″ (approximately the size of a half sheet of 8 1/2×11 paper). Please leave all other bags in your vehicle. All bags are subject to inspection. 
Get Your Tickets Now and Download in Advance!
            Purchasing tickets in advance offers a $5 savings off both East (general admission) and West  (reserved) Side tickets compared the game day (walk-up) price AND provides the option to select your seats!  Single game tickets are on sale online at or by calling 815-753-PACK (7225) weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. Get West Side reserved tickets for $23 each or sit on the East Side (general admission) for $18.
            This year, fans who choose to purchase tickets at the West Side Ticket Office on game day on a “walk-up” basis will be able to select their seating section only and will be assigned the best available seats within that section.
            Once your tickets are purchased, and before leaving for the game, download them to your phone so that they can be easily pulled up and scanned at the gates.   
Free Parking and Shuttle Bus Available
            One of the great benefits for NIU fans is the free parking available in the NIU Convocation Center lots provided with your ticket purchase. NIU also offers a shuttle from the Convo lots to Huskie Stadium and back on game day. For #MACtion games, the shuttle picks up from posted locations at all Convo lots beginning 90 minutes before kickoff and also runs for one hour after the game to return fans to their cars. The ADA shuttle will also begin running 90 minutes before game time and will make a regular loop from Lot L (handicapped lot). The ADA shuttle can be called to other lots on an as needed basis.
Cashless! Concessions Offerings
            Along with all your traditional favorites, check out some of the new offerings for concessions around Huskie Stadium. New vendors include Takis To Go (northeast side), Hy-Vee (at southwest entrance); Chicken Salad Chick (southeast side plus some product throughout the stadium); Sweet Butts Cotton Candy plus Tangled Roots and Pollyanna craft beer available at all grab ‘n go locations.
Remember that ALL concessions stands are CASHLESS!
Listen In
            Hear legendary announcer Bill Baker’s call of every 2023 NIU Football game on 94-9 WDKB FM in DeKalb, SportsFan 1330 AM in Rockford and on the NIU Huskies and The Varsity Network app as Baker is behind the mic for his 44th and final season as the voice of the Huskies.  Find a link to listen online on the football schedule page of
The NIU Huskies App Has It All
            While NIU no longer prints game programs, find rosters, stats, links to buy tickets, listen to the game broadcast and more through the free NIU Huskies app! Download to your phone and have all the information at your fingertips!
Have other questions or need more information, go online to, call 815-753-PACK (7225) for ticket information, or email
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