Tickets to Iowa game up for sale until 10 p.m. Thursday

By Grace Martin

Students need only pay $25 for a chance to see the Huskies take on Iowa, the only team to beat NIU in a regular season game last year.

The Student Association is offering a ticket package for students for the game, which will be held in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. For $35 students can obtain a package that includes travel on a coach bus to the stadium and back and one ticket. Students may also purchase a single ticket for $25, but must provide their own transportation to and from the game.

Tickets can be bought online at Students have until Thursday to purchase tickets.

“Revenge, 100 percent revenge,” said SA President Jack Barry. ”This game is all about revenge. Last year we were beating them the entire game, and in the last minutes we let the game slip away.”

Check-in for the fan bus will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Lot C3, north of the Convocation Center. Students are not allowed to bring any liquids on the bus, and bags will be searched to ensure compliance. Buses will leave immediately after the game, and will make one stop on the way back to NIU.

Athletics obtained 480 tickets for the game for SA to sell. Each ticket has a face value of $65. The difference between the package rate and the actual cost of the tickets is being shared by the Athletic Department, the SA and Weldy’s office.

“Attending the game on the fan bus will allow students to relax while traveling, meet new people, and enjoy a part of the college experience that everyone should take advantage of at least once while at NIU,” said Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Physical education major Jay Kelley thinks the tickets are a fair deal.

“What’s the cost difference between the ticket and the fan bus? $10? Yeah, $10 to Iowa — that’s not bad,” he said. “I’d probably spend more than that in gas.”

The SA worked with the Athletic Department and Weldy to arrange the reduced-cost ticket packages for students.

“The new associate vice president and director of Athletics [Sean Frazier] was very supportive about moving forward, as was President [Doug] Baker,” said Weldy. “It was a collaborative effort.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for our students to show their support for the athletes and the university,” said Weldy.

“As members of the Huskie Family, students need to support each other — both inside and outside the classroom.”