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NIU plans $9.5 million center at stadium

An architect's drawing shows what the new Academic and Athletic Performance Center in the north end zone of Huskie Stadium will look like. Architect rendering HKM Architects & Planners Inc
An architect's drawing shows what the new Academic and Athletic Performance Center in the north end zone of Huskie Stadium will look like. Architect rendering HKM Architects & Planners Inc

DeKALB - Huskie Stadium is getting an early birthday present. The soon-to-be 40-year-old stadium will get a new look as Northern Illinois University Athletics Director Jim Phillips, President John Peters and Huskie football coach Joe Novak announced on Saturday the addition of a $9.5 million Academic and Athletic Performance Center. Nearly $5.1 million has been raised in private donations, with the last $100,000 donation coming in Saturday morning. The project will now enter a "public phase" and needs just $1.9 million to allow the university to break ground for the new all-purpose facility. "The exposure that has resulted from our recent football successes has a profoundly positive impact on NIU - undergraduate enrollment applications have soared, financial support have risen and student and alumni pride and participation have flourished," Peters said. "In order to ensure that we may continue to enjoy the many on and off field successes, a commitment must be made to the future of this athletics program." All 17 Huskie Intercollegiate sports will benefit from the new facility. "This is certainly a monumental moment for Northern Illinois University Athletics," Phillips said. "This amazing response of $5 million comes without the benefit of a naming donor. Obviously, that is a direct reflection on our committed Huskie family members. With this facility, the benefits to our student-athletes will be immeasurable."

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