Mission's Grove

Mission's Grove is Back for its Second Season! 

Mission’s Grove is located in Oderkirk Field, which is adjacent to the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center, located at 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd. in DeKalb, Illinois, 60115. The area is open for the first three home football games of the season. Mission's Grove begins two hours before kickoff before the first two games and three hours before the homecoming game kickoff against Ohio (11:30 a.m.). There is no cost for admission. 

This area will feature alumni-owned Pollyanna Brewing & Distilling and Waterman Winery & Vineyards, along with a variety of unique and eclectic food trucks that will appeal to all ages.

Mission’s Grove includes a 40’ x 60’ tent and 20 ‘ x 20’ tents that are also available for group rental. For tent pricing and availability, please contact NIU Foundation Director of Events Dana King, ’05, at dking1@niu.edu or 815-753-5421.

The event will also feature everyone’s favorite mascot, Mission III. The undisputed highlight will be the “Mission's March,” as the NIU Huskie Marching Band will accompany Mission to Huskie Stadium, 45 minutes prior to kickoff.

 Be sure to visit our partners, Pollyanna Brewing & Distilling and Waterman Winery & Vineyards at each game this year.
Mission's Grove will also feature various food trucks at each of the dates below.

Pollyanna Brewing and Distilling
Mission III at the Spring Football Game sitting on the edge of the field with the stands behind him.

Connect with Mission III

Waterman Winery

Information for each game will be added below as it becomes available. Check back often for additional details.