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Northern Illinois AD Frazier Looks To Improve Football Stadium Amenities, Experience

Frazier says he likes Huskie Stadium's small feel, but it needs premium seating
Northern Illinois Univ. AD Sean Frazier "hopes to complete his 'Facilities Master Plan' over the summer," and in terms of Huskie Stadium, which opened in '65, there are "already some changes to the building and gameday atmosphere that will take place this upcoming season," according to Steve Nitz of the Dekalb DAILY CHRONICLE. There is the new Coaches Club -- which will be "located inside the grandstand on the west side of Huskie Stadium where the old coaches offices were." Fans will "not have a view of the action, but the club will feature flat-screen TVs with a live feed of the contest." One of the aspects about Huskie Stadium which "stood out to Frazier" when he came on last July was the "need for more restrooms and upgraded concession areas." Frazier said, "It’s a dated building, but it has great bones. It has great character. I like the way it sets itself up for college football. It’s got that small stadium, big college feel. ... But we’ve got to deal with premium seating issues, which we have very few of. And we have to deal with those amenities, the concessions and restrooms.” Meanwhile, another new feature at Huskie Stadium for the entire '14 home schedule will be “'The Yard' -- a large tailgate area on the west lawn ran by NIU which will feature live music, a beer garden, food vendors and a kid’s zone." Frazier: "I’m big with the gameday experience. I hear a lot with the alumni and the patrons about creating the game experience for tailgating" (Dekalb DAILY CHRONICLE, 4/2).
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