Convocation Center



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

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.


  • 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)


  • 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
  • Luxury suites
  • Attached building houses offices, media center, practice gym, food preparation, storage, etc.


Fast Facts

Seating Capacity:

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.

Contact Information

Heather Priest
(815) 752-6818

1525 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

Booking Rates