Convocation Center (Northern Illinois University)

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NIU Convocation Center
NIU Convo Center2.jpg
Location 1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, Illinois, 60115-2854, U.S.
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
($47.9 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect A. Epstein & Sons International[2]
General contractor Turner Construction[2]
NIU Huskies (MAC) (2002–present)

NIU Convocation Center is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at 1525 West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois, which opened in 2002.[3]

Description and history[edit]

The NIU Convocation Center is located on the campus of Northern Illinois University (NIU). It is home to NIU Huskies men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, and women's indoor track and field. Previously, the basketball teams played at the Chick Evans Field House. The arena also houses other events including the opening convocation ceremony for freshmen, concerts, job fairs, expositions, and the annual graduation ceremony.

The first NIU athletic event in the new facility occurred on August 30, 2002, when NIU Huskies volleyball defeated the IUPUI Jaguars, 3–1, in the opening round of the Best Western Invitational at Victor E. Court.[4]

The arena served as the site for the memorial service held on February 24, 2008 in tribute to the victims of the Northern Illinois University shooting.

Notable performers[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  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. 

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