Northern Illinois University head coach Thomas Hammock and senior linemen James Ester and Nolan Potter will be in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, July 20 to represent the Huskies at the 2023 Mid-American Conference Football Kickoff.

With football preseason practices for 2023 less than two weeks away, the annual gathering of MAC football coaches and student-athletes will be held at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit from 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT until 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. CT.

Follow the action on all the NIU Athletics social media channels, with Ester and Potter taking over the niuhuskies Instagram account, interviews with all three Huskie representatives on the NIU Athletics Official YouTube Channel and coverage on Twitter (@NIUAthletics) and Facebook (NIU Huskies).

Fans can also hear directly from Hammock and Ester by tuning into the MAC Football Preview Show on ESPN+ beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT on ESPN . Check the Huskie social channels for the exact time of the NIU segment on the show.

Season, single game and mini-plan tickets for the 2023 Huskie home games are all on sale now 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at or by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-753-PACK (7225). Season tickets provide the best overall value at as little as $17 per game for general admission seating on the West Side of Huskie Stadium ($102 total). Sit in the same reserved seat for all six games for just $144 (sections A, B, F) or $162 (sections C, D, E). There are two “Pick Your Pack” mini-plan options, including Saturday only and MACtion+Saturday option.

See all the ticket prices and options, including premium experiences, here.

The 2023 NIU Huskies open the season on Saturday, September 2 at Boston College before making their Huskie Stadium debut on Saturday, September 9 versus Southern Illinois. NIU returns 17 starters in 2023, including eight on offense, including 2021 MAC Championship quarterback Rocky Lombardi and 2021 all-conference wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph. The Huskies report for preseason camp on Tuesday, August 1.