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Article updated: 12/12/2012 5:16 PM

NIU's sale of bowl tickets reach 5,500

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Ten days after earning the first Bowl Championship Series game in Mid-American Conference history, Northern Illinois fans have claimed approximately 5,500 tickets to the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl game against Florida State, school officials said Wednesday.

According to Eric Schultz, NIU's director of Ticket Operations, Northern Illinois has exhausted its supply of tickets at the $225 level. Approximately 10,000 tickets priced between $75 and $165 remain available in the Huskie sections of the stadium.

NIU is responsible to fill 17,500 seats in Sun Life Stadium,

The priority deadline for NIU Orange Bowl tickets is noon Friday, and all paid ticket orders received by the deadline will be mailed on Monday, Dec. 17 (except for Will Call requests). All orders received after Friday must be picked up either at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office (through Dec. 23) or in Miami (Dec. 26-Jan. 1).

NIU will continue to accept ticket orders through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in person and by phone at 815-752-6800 until Dec. 23.

"We firmly believe the best way for our fans to get the true NIU experience at this game is by purchasing tickets through our ticket office," said Jeff Compher, NIU director of Athletics. "This helps us financially to offset the costs of the bowl game, and it also shows future bowls how well-supported this team is. If you buy a ticket through another agency, NIU does not reap those benefits."

In addition, Northern Illinois fans unable to travel to Miami can now support the Huskies' Orange Bowl trip by purchasing ticket(s) that will be donated to either the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami or to The Veterans Ticket Foundation. The donated tickets are priced at $99 each and can be ordered by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office.

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