Huskies vs. East Division Champion - 2018 MAC Football Championship

6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 30



Your NIU Huskies are back in the MAC Football Championship! NIU will take on the East Division champion at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 30, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

This will be the seventh time in the past nine seasons that NIU plays in the MAC championship. NIU is 3-4 all-time in the MAC championship game.

The pregame reception, hosted by the NIU Alumni Association, takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET in the Hall of Legends inside Ford Field. The price includes a full buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and a beer and wine host bar. You must enter the pregame reception through Gate C, where you can pick up your tickets and your credentials.


NOTE: All active NIU Alumni Association members will receive a gift, courtesy of the NIUAA, upon arrival at the pregame reception. If you are not a member, join today!

Pregame and Ticket Packages

  • Pregame reception - $55
  • Pregame reception (walk-ins) - $60
  • Pregame reception (under 12) - $10
  • Pregame reception + game ticket - $75
  • Pregame reception + game ticket (under 12) - $30
  • Fan bus + game ticket + pregame reception - $150
  • Fan bus + game ticket + pregame reception (under 12) - $105
  • Fan bus + pregame reception - $130
  • Fan bus + pregame reception (under 12) - $85
  • Round-trip shuttle bus from Detroit Marriott Renaissance to Ford Field - $20
    (The shuttle bus will depart the hotel at 4 p.m. and will depart Ford Field 30 minutes after the game. If NIU is victorious, the bus will depart 45 minutes after the game.)

Fan Bus Transportation Schedule

  • 6:30 a.m. - pick up at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center (NIU DeKalb)
  • 7 a.m. - depart Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
  • 7:45 a.m. - pick up at NIU Naperville
  • 8 a.m. - depart NIU Naperville
  • 12 p.m. ET - lunch at Crossroads Mall in Portage, MI.
  • 12:45 p.m. ET - depart for Ford Field
  • 4:30 p.m. ET - arrive at Ford Field
  • 30 minutes after game ends (around 10:30 p.m.) - depart Ford Field
  • 2:30 a.m.  - arrive at NIU Naperville
  • 2:45 a.m. - depart NIU Naperville
  • 3:30 a.m. - arrive at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
    NOTE: The bus is equipped with restrooms. Light snacks and bottled water will be provided on the bus. Alcohol is allowed, but must be in cans only. Please do not bring red wine or any drinks that could leave stains. No glass bottles of any kind are allowed. Coolers up to 3 feet in size are permitted, but cannot block the aisle. 


If you do not wish to purchase any of the packages, single-game tickets can be bought through NIU Athletics.

The Mid-American Conference has established a MAC fan/alumni rate of $150 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Rates can be accessed by calling the reservation office, 800-352-0831, and using the code MAC Alumni Fan Block or by using the following link:

MAC Championship Information



5:30PM - 11:00PM Fri 30 Nov 2018 ( Timezone: Central )


Ford Field
2000 Brush St.
Detroit, MI 48226 USA

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