New NIU Tradition
The cannon at Northern Illinois University football games has been silenced. Here's why and what will replace it at NIU football games.
According to The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that there are changes for the Northern Illinois Huskies this coming football season. There will no longer be a large boom from a cannon or a howitzer every time the Huskies score a touchdown. It is being will be replaced by fireworks.
The school says the main reason is that the addition of the Endzone Club in the south end zone left little room for the cannon from the Illinois National Guard Armory in Sycamore.
Morris White of the athletic department says another reason for the decision was that fans on the south side of the stadium complained about the noise of the cannon.
The addition of the Endzone Club in the south end zone with room for about 300 spectators means the cannon, most recently an M119 A2 Howitzer from the Illinois National Guard Armory in Sycamore, no longer has a place at the games.
The tradition of a cannon going off after every touchdown since the late 1990s or the early 2000s.
Here's to many touchdowns at Husky Stadium this season regardless how we celebrate them.