DeKALB – Northern Illinois University will debut its new Huskie Stadium scoreboard with a community movie night Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Fans are invited to get autographs from student athletes and settle in on the turf for a free showing of "Wreck-It Ralph." This marks the official debut of the high-definition scoreboard, ribbon boards and audio system installed over the summer.
Huskie student athletes will sign autographs in the north end zone from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and the movie will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Before the movie, fans can watch Huskie videos and see the Daktronics LED ribbon fascia boards on the east and west sides of the stadium in action. The 100-foot wide boards display 20mm HD graphics and will be used to promote upcoming events and display graphics, sponsor logos and in-game information.
The movie will be shown in HD on the new Daktronics LED scoreboard, which at 15.5-by-39.5 feet is almost twice the width and slightly taller than the last scoreboard. It also uses newer technology to provide sharper picture and more detail.
Admission is free. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All seating will be on the turf; fans will not be allowed in the stands. Blankets are permitted, but not chairs. No food or beverages, other than bottled water, will be allowed. Balls will not be allowed in the stadium.
Parking will be available on Stadium Drive and in parking lot L/K, which has entrances on both Stadium Drive and Lincoln Highway. There will be no parking on the grass and tailgating is not allowed. Restrooms on the east side of the stadium will be open for use.
The event will be canceled if it rains or if there is severe weather.
The NIU Huskies football team will make its home debut in the stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, against Eastern Illinois University. NIU carries the longest on-campus winning streak in the country, 21 games, into that contest.