2022 NIU Alumni Association Football Events

Join the NIU Alumni Association this season as we cheer on our MAC Champion Huskies at home and on the road! The Huskies have an exciting schedule, with home games against Eastern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Toledo, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Akron. They will also hit the road for some tough matchups against Tulsa and Kentucky. Click here to get your tickets!

The NIU Alumni Association has a variety of events planned for the 2022 season, both at Huskie Stadium and on the road, including alumni watch parties across the country for the Nov. 9 game at Western Michigan. We hope you can join us in cheering on NIU this season. GO HUSKIES!

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Visit NIU Athletics for the full Huskie Football schedule.

This page will be updated as more events and details become available. Check back often for the most up-to-date information! 

Mission's Grove

Mission's Grove

Mission's Grove


Thursday, Sept. 1 (home opener)

Saturday, Sept. 17

Saturday, Oct. 8 (Homecoming)
Note: Mission's Grove
opens three hours before kickoff



 Oderkirk parking lot, adjacent to the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center, located at 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd. in DeKalb, Illinois, 60115.


Tent rentals:

Four 20’ x 20’ tents are available to rent during each event. For tent pricing and availability, please contact the NIU Foundation and Alumni Events Director, Dana King, ’05, at or 815-753-5421.

NIU Alumni Association Schedule of Events at Huskie Games

Eastern Illinois at NIU - Huskie Stadium, DeKalb
NIU kicks off the season at home against in-state rival Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies have won the last two matches against the Panthers. Join your fellow Huskies for the grand opening of the new Mission's Grove tailgating area. 
NIU vs Tulsa
NIU at Tulsa - H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
NIU will visit Tulsa and square off against the Hurricanes for the first time in team history. Fans traveling to Tulsa can purchase tickets to our pre-game event being held at Elgin Park prior to the game.
Vanderbilt at NIU
Vanderbilt at NIU - Huskie Stadium, DeKalb
Join your fellow Huskies in Mission's Grove for a fun tailgating experience before the Huskies take on the Commodores. This will be the second matchup for these two teams. Be there as the Huskies look to even the score against Vanderbilt.  

NIU at Kentucky
NIU at Kentucky - Kroger Field, Lexington, KY
Join us in Lexington for a Bourbon Trail Tour on Thursday, Sept 22., and our pregame reception on Saturday, Sept. 24. Can't make it to Lexington to watch your Huskies take on the Wildcats? Join us at Fatty's Pub & Grille for a watch party to cheer on NIU with fellow alumni!
Toledo vs NIU
Toledo at NIU - Huskie Stadium, DeKalb

The Huskies welcome in the Rockets for our 115th Homecoming. Join the NIU Alumni Association for a Homecoming Brunch followed by tailgating at Mission's Grove. Be sure to stop by and say hello before the game! 
NIU at Western Michigan - Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
The Huskies wrap up their away schedule with some midweek #MACtion against the Broncos. The NIU Alumni Association will be hosting watch parties all over the country for this game, stay tuned for information.