NIU-Nebraska Football Series Changed - – Rockford’s News Leader

NIU-Nebraska Football Series Changed


Northern Illinois will play the University of Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023, as changes to the Big Ten Conference schedule have forced the universities to make adjustments to the three-game series originally finalized in December 2012.   

The series will begin Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 when the Huskies travel to Lincoln for the third time in school history, and the first time since Sept. 8, 1990.  The teams will meet again on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 and Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.  All four games will be played at Memorial Stadium.
Originally, the series between NIU and Nebraska consisted of three games, beginning with a Northern Illinois home game with the Cornhuskers at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 24, 2016.   NIU was scheduled to play at Nebraska on Sept. 2, 2017 while the date of the 2019 contest remains unchanged.
The Huskies are looking into other options for future Soldier Field games, said Deputy Athletic Director Christian Spears, who worked with Nebraska officials to adjust and extend the series.
"The Big Ten schedule necessitated these changes, and we are happy that the Cornhuskers will remain on the Huskie football schedule going forward with the addition of the 2021 and 2023 games to the 2017 and 2019 contests," Spears said.  "We have reached out and are actively working on returning to Soldier Field against a quality opponent in the future."   
Season tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule, which begins Sept. 21st when the Huskies take on Eastern Illinois in Huskie Stadium, are on sale now. The new Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to all five home games (sections A and G) and $50 in Doggie Dollars good for parking and/or concessions, is just $50. All remaining season ticket locations for the 2013 Huskie Stadium home slate are just $100 while NIU Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62+), youth (3-13), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) members and faculty and staff can see every game for just $88. Season tickets are available by calling NIU Athletics at 815-753-1923, or go online to for complete information and order forms.
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