College football spring games are one of the new things fans can argue about in the lean months with the regular season still far away. Nebraska’s attendance, as expected, easily broke the school record and vaulted the Huskers to No. 1 on this year’s spring game attendance leader board.
College football spring game attendance 2018
We’ll update this list as figures roll in on Saturday.
The Huskers sold out their spring game within 24 hours, and the Memorial Stadium environment followed through on the hype. Nebraska didn’t reach as high as the all-time college football spring game attendance record, but it’s as close as most teams get. Ohio State has the No. 1 all-time spring game attendance record, which the Buckeyes set with 100,189 fans in 2016.
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This year’s competition is a bit more sparse than usual, as storms canceled some spring games in the Midwest. That, plus some renovations to Ohio Stadium, mean the Buckeyes didn’t come close to breaking their record this season.
Here were the Huskers’ previous 10 most-attended spring games ever, according to the Omaha World-Herald:
- 2008 — 80,149
- 2017 — 78.312
- 2010 — 77,936
- 2009 — 77,670
- 2015 — 76,881
- 2016 — 72,992
- 2011 — 66,784
- 2005 — 63,416
- 2014 — 61,772
This year’s attendance broke that mark handily. There are still some spring games to be played next week, but it’d be an overwhelming shock if Cal, Kansas, Marshall, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Northern Illinois, Nevada, Oregon State or Hawaii came anywhere close to that 86,818 figure.