Convocation Center (Northern Illinois University)

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Convocation Center
NIU Convo Center2.jpg
Location 1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, Illinois, 60115-2854, USA
Coordinates 41°56′6.38″N 88°47′8.05″W / 41.9351056°N 88.7855694°W / 41.9351056; -88.7855694Coordinates: 41°56′6.38″N 88°47′8.05″W / 41.9351056°N 88.7855694°W / 41.9351056; -88.7855694
Owner Northern Illinois University
Operator Northern Illinois University
Capacity 10,000
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground 2000
Opened August 30, 2002
Construction cost $36 million
($47.2 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect A. Epstein & Sons International[2]
General contractor Turner Construction[2]
NIU men's basketball (2002–present)

Northern Illinois University's Convocation Center is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena, at 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, in DeKalb, Illinois, USA.[3] The arena opened in 2002. The Convocation Center is home to both the Northern Illinois Huskies men's basketball and women's basketball teams, volleyball, Wrestling, gymnastics, and women's indoor track and field squads. Previously, the basketball teams played at the Chick Evans Field House. The Convocation Center also houses many other events including the opening convocation ceremony for freshmen, concerts, job fairs, expositions, and the annual graduation ceremony.

The first Northern Illinois athletic event in the new facility happened on August 30, 2002, when the Huskies women's volleyball team defeated IUPUI, 3–1, in the opening round of the Best Western Invitational at Victor E. Court.[4]

Entertainers that have performed at the center include Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby, Blue Man Group, Brooks & Dunn, Daughtry, Drake, Dave Chappelle, Sugarland, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Chamillionaire, Chingy, Rascal Flatts, Michelle Branch, John Mayer, Wayne Brady, O.A.R., Hoobastank, Ludacris, Ashlee Simpson, Jason Aldean, REO Speedwagon, Ja Rule, Counting Crows, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Eat World, B.B. King, 311, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Cedric the Entertainer, Larry the Cable Guy, Nelly, Ciara, Dierks Bentley, Kanye West, Incubus, Staind, Big & Rich, Casting Crowns, Styx, Jars of Clay, Sesame Street Live, and Young Jeezy.

The arena was also the site of a memorial service held on February 24, 2008 in tribute to the victims of the Northern Illinois University shooting. Bon Jovi was scheduled to rehearse at the arena beginning February 14, 2008, prior to the start of the North American leg of their Lost Highway Tour on February 18 in Omaha, but was forced to start the tour without rehearsals due to the NIU shooting and the subsequent closure of the campus.[5]

A county-wide meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses takes place here yearly during the second weekend of August.


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Published November 25, 2002. "Convocation Center, Northern Illinois University - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  3. ^ Venue Info - NIU - Convocation Center
  4. ^ "Convo Center". Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Bon Jovi Tour Begins In Shadow Of Shootings". Billboard. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 

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