NIU Football at Kentucky Events

NIU at Kentucky Pregame Reception

Saturday, Sept. 24

Join us and your fellow NIU Huskies Football fans as we travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to watch the Huskies take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kroger Field. .

Our pregame reception will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Kentucky Proud Park, the Kentucky Wildcats' baseball stadium, which is a short walk from Kroger Field.

Advanced tickets for the pregame are $60 for adults and $30 for kids (ages 4-17), walk-ins are $70 for adults and $40 for kids. You can also purchase a pregame reception and football game ticket package for $110 for adults or $80 for kids (age 4-17).

With each paid registration, guests will enjoy a buffet meal, beer, water and soda. Celebrate with fellow alumni while enjoying a program from Executive Director of Operations and Alumni Engagement Reggie Bustinza and NIU President Lisa Freeman

For alumni and fans traveling to Lexington early, we are organizing a Bourbon Trail tour which will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22. Visit the event page for full details and to sign up! 

For more information or questions, please contact Director of NIU Foundation and Alumni Events Dana King, '05, at or 815-753-5421. All sales are final. There are no refunds.

Event Information

Cost for Pregame Reception Only:
Adults: $60 in advance ($70 walk-in)
Children (4-17): $30 in advance ($40 walk-in)

Cost for Pregame Reception and Football Game:
Adults: $110 
Children (4-17): $80 

Pregame Reception Information:


4:30PM - 6:30PM Sat 24 Sep 2022, Eastern timezone


Kentucky Proud Park at University of Kentucky
510 Wildcat Ct.
Lexington, KY 40506

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