Huskie Stadium

United States of America
1425 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115, United States
Northern Illinois Huskies
November 6, 1965
Northern Illinois Huskies football
$2.265 million
Our Reminder on Things to Do for the Best Experience
  1. Buy Tickets in Advance: Secure your tickets well in advance to get the best seats and avoid last-minute hassles. Check for additional Parking Passes. Check security requirements possibly no bags, or clear bags only?
  2. Arrive Early: Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the stadium before the game starts. This will allow you to find parking, navigate the stadium, and soak in the pre-game atmosphere.
  3. Check the Schedule: Know the game schedule, as well as any pre-game events, tailgating parties, or fan experiences that might be happening on that day.
  4. Parking: Research parking options in advance, and consider using rideshare services or public transportation to avoid parking headaches.
  5. Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as you might be walking around a lot.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  7. Bring ID and Tickets: Make sure to have your ID and tickets ready for security checks and entry into the stadium.
  8. Explore the Stadium: Take some time to explore the stadium, including its various levels and amenities.
  9. Try Local Food: Check out the food and beverage options within the stadium. Many stadiums offer local cuisine and unique food items.
  10. Capture Memories: Take photos to capture the memories. The stadium's design and the energetic crowd make for great photo opportunities.
  11. Respect Fan Etiquette: Respect the fans around you, regardless of which team they're supporting. Engaging in good sportsmanship enhances the overall experience.
  12. Follow Security Guidelines: Be aware of the stadium's security guidelines and cooperate with security personnel for a smooth entry process.
  13. Plan for Post-Game Traffic: Consider that traffic leaving the stadium can be heavy after the game ends. Have a plan for transportation after the event.
  14. Visit the Team Store: Check out the team store for merchandise and souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
  15. Download Apps: If the stadium has an official app, download it for real-time updates, interactive experiences, and information about the event.
  16. Respect Local Laws: Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations to ensure a trouble-free experience.
  17. Weather Preparedness: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if the game is outdoors or has an outdoor component.
  18. Check for COVID-19 Guidelines: Stay updated on any COVID-19 related protocols or guidelines.
  19. Enjoy the Atmosphere: Immerse yourself in the excitement of being at a live game, cheer with fellow fans, and create lasting memories.

Like nearly every other stadium in the MAC conference, Huskie Stadium has the same basic seating capacity and layout. A new stadium for the Northern Illinois football program was needed to replace the 5,500 seat Glidden Field. Construction on a new stadium for the Huskies began in January 1964 and was completed as the Huskies made their debut at the stadium on November 6, 1965 against rival Illinois State.

The stadium had a seating capacity of 20,000 mostly made up of the main grandstand on the west side of the field. It originally had a natural grass playing surface but that changed in 1969 when Astroturf was installed. Since its opening in 1965, the stadium has had several names and nicknames, but that changed in 1974 when the university officially gave the facility the name, Huskie Stadium. The first addition to the stadium came before the 1992 season when the seating capacity was increased to 24,000. Prior to the 1995 season additional seating was added on the east side of Huskie Stadium. In recent years, Fieldturf replaced the Astroturf, a new video/scoreboard has been installed, and the north endzone berm was constructed allowing fans to watch the game on this grassy area.