DeKALB – Sycamore and DeKalb football fans will have one thing in common at the Castle Challenge Friday night: their black shirts.
“We are having a blackout night and we thought it would be fun to play off that theme,” said Bridget Carlson, marketing director at Castle Bank, which organizes the annual football matchup. Carlson noted that since both teams have black as one of their school colors and the game will be played on Friday the 13th, organizers decided to ask attendees to dress in black shirts.
As part of the inter-district Spirit Week, Castle Bank and Northern Illinois University will host a free showing of the movie “Wreck It Ralph” on the new high-definition video screen at Huskie Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
“Since our first home football game is not until the 21st and the Castle Challenge is on Friday, we first wanted to showcase it (the new HD screen) to the public,” said Taylor Noon, marketing assistant for NIU athletics.
Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:45. All seating will be on the turf, and attendees may bring their own blankets, but no chairs, food, beverages other than water, or balls. NIU student-athletes will be available for autographs.
Parking for the movie is available on Stadium Drive and in lots L and K, but not in grass lots.
New at this year’s Castle Challenge will be a bounce house and a larger parade of athletes between the freshman and varsity games, due to increased participation by area youth sports teams.
Tickets can be purchased at Castle Bank, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, DeKalb and Sycamore high schools, from student athletes, at DeKalb and Sycamore chambers of commerce, and at the gate.
Friday, Sept. 13
Huskie Stadium, Stadium Drive, DeKalb
Sophomore game kicks off at 4:45 p.m., varsity game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Adults $12, children 12 and younger $6
Tickets include game admission and a pork chop sandwich dinner by Inboden's.