Created:Monday, December 17, 2012 2:00 p.m.CST
Updated:Monday, December 17, 2012 2:33 p.m.CST

NIU to play Nebraska at Soldier Field in 2016

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) escapes from the grasp of Iowa defensive lineman Steve Bigach (54) during the second quarter of their game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Iowa defeated NIU, 18-17. (Rob Winner –

Northern Illinois is headed back to Soldier Field.

The Huskies will play Nebraska on Sept. 24, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago, NIU announced Monday. NIU will then travel to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., for games Sept. 2, 2017 and Sept. 14, 2019.

“Ever since the Iowa game this past September, I’ve been asked about the next Huskie home game at Soldier Field,” NIU athletic director Jeff Compher said in a news release. “I am very pleased to announce this 2016 game in Chicago with Nebraska, one of the most storied programs in college football. This series would not have come together without the efforts of [Nebraska Director of Athletics] Tom Osborne so I especially want to thank him for his willingness to work with us to schedule these three games.”

The Huskies are 0-3 in Soldier Field games, losing 18-17 to Iowa this season in front of 52,117 fans. NIU lost to Iowa in 2007 in front of a sellout crowd of 61,500 and 41,068 fans came out to Chicago in 2011 to see Wisconsin beat the Huskies.

“The benefits of playing at Soldier Field cannot be overstated,” Compher said. “It’s a beautiful NFL venue that allows us to showcase our team and program to recruits, and to connect with our alumni base in the city. We are so grateful to be able to continue this partnership with the city of Chicago, the Park District and Tim LeFevour and his SMG team.”

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