IT'S OFFICIAL. Huskie Stadium will be one of the soccer fields included in the Chicago Olympics portfolio.

Officially announced Thursday after weeks of speculation, the Board of Trustees approved what it called an "intergovernmental agreement with the City of Chicago."

This agreement makes NIU the host of the preliminary rounds of Olympic soccer. However, this will only occur if Chicago is selected to host the 2016 summer Olympics.

There are unspecified upgrades to the athletic facilities, as well as unspecified sources of money for those upgrades, still to be worked out, that is, if Chicago becomes the site for the 2016 Games. Los Angeles, as well as unspecified cities in other countries, are also chasing this event.

If Chicago is chosen as the Olympic host, those improvements would be discussed, [athletics director Jim] Phillips said.

"That's coming, if [Chicago] gets the bid," Phillips said of facility upgrades. "That's the next round of conversation."

As of the Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting Mach 8, expenses pertaining to the event had not yet been discussed, [vice president for finance and facilities Eddie] Williams [U.S.N.R.] said.

"It has not [been discussed]," Williams said. "I don't know if I want to make any public comment, but we are looking at a mutual beneficial agreement."

Can we put some indirect cost return into the proposal for upgrades of classroom buildings?

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