New Facility at NIU

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Northern Illinois University says its new 215,000 square-foot convocation center will be the site for about 160 events in the coming year.

The first was Thursday night when the $36 million center opened for the annual Huskie Bash. Comedian Bill Cosby will entertain there Friday night. An open house is scheduled for Sunday.

The convocation center seats about ten thousand people and will serve as NIU's basketball arena. Concerts, track meets, trade shows and the school's graduation ceremonies also will be held there.

The building is on 52 acres on the western edge of the NIU campus in DeKalb.