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About the NIU Convocation Center


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Northern's 10,000 seat Convocation Center is a $36 million multipurpose facility that hosts a variety of events.

The construction of Northern's Convocation Center marks the largest single capital improvement project in the university's 100-year history. The $36 million investment is not just an investment in a facility — the center marks a shift in perspective, a focus on the west campus as a new center for living and learning. The Convocation Center will anchor the future development of Northern's campus, providing the impetus for revitalized community surrounding the facility.

As the center for social, academic, and athletic events on campus, the Convocation Center is the single venue that can bring the university community together at one place and one time to share an experience: the very definition of community.

We hope you will consider the unique opportunity this project affords: to help shape and define what a college experience will be for a new generation of Northern students. At the beginning of a new millennium and the start of NIU's second century of service, private support will help provide a solid foundation for a new era of growth and continued excellence.


  • August 2002


  • 200+ events per year
  • Concerts
  • Family Shows
  • Theatrical Productions
  • Commencement Ceremonies
  • Job Fairs
  • Trade Shows
  • NIU Huskie Division I Athletic Events (Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Gymnastics and Wrestling)

Seating Capacity:

  • 10,000


  • 215,000 square feet with more than 45,000 square feet of floor space


  • On NIU's West Campus, north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38), south of the soccer fields and west of Huskie Stadium.
  • 1525 West Lincoln Highway
    DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
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Operated By:

  • Northern Illinois University


  • 3,000 parking spaces
  • Flexible floor plans
  • Retractable seating
  • Completely accessible grade-level entrance
  • NCAA-level indoor track allows NIU to establish a women's track program and meet Title IX requirements
  • Fulfills the need for a local facility with large-scale event space
  • Attractive lobby and reception space for VIP events
  • Attached building houses offices, media center, practice gym, food preparation, storage, etc.

Market Area:

  • 8,000,000 people within 90 miles
  • 25,000 students
  • 40 minutes to Rockford
  • 1 hour to Chicago
  • 2 hours to Milwaukee
  • 2 hours to Madision
  • 2 hours to Dubuque
  • 2 hours to Quad Cities
  • 2 hours to Bloomington